England’s world class mixed duo Chris and Gabby Adcock, seeded seventh in Tokyo, advanced from the last 16 stage of the mixed doubles in only eight minutes after home favourites Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo were forced to concede after the English pair had won the opener 21-7. The Adcocks will now face a difficult test when they play China’s world and Olympic champions, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in their Yonex Japan Open quarter-final tomorrow.
“They are the best pair in the world at the minute and clearly on form after winning the world championships just two weeks ago,” said Gabby to Badminton England.
“But we have nothing to lose and we will fight all the way and these matches are what we look forward to as competitors. We hope we can bring a good level tomorrow as we know we can cause them problems if we do.”
Axelsen eased past Vittinghus
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen eased into the Yonex Japan Open quarter-finals on Thursday by beating his compatriot Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, the world number 15, in straight games.
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Axelsen goes on to face Korean Lee Dong Keun - who caused an upset by knocking out Indian top player H. S. Prannoy in the last 16 stage. The 21-year-old Axelsen and his Asian opponent Lee Dong Keun, world number 33, met each other at the Swiss Open in 2014 when the Dane won the tournament in Basel.
Bad day for Danish men’s doubles
First seeded Carolina Marin, the two-time World Champion, reached the Japan Open quarter-final with a 21-17, 15-21, 21-12 win over Japanese Sayaka Takahashi. The Spaniard will play former world number one Wang Shixian from China.
Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen battled hard to reach Friday’s quarter-finals. The Danes were made to work hard by Korea’s former Olympic Champion Lee Yong-dae and his partner Lee Soo-he before they posted a 25-23, 21-16 win, moving them into another Superseries quarter-final.
Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter-Juhl, the fourth seeds, cruised into the last 8 stage with a comfortable 21-12, 21-16 win against unseeded Rira Kawashima/Saori Ozaki of Japan.
Denmark’s men’s doubles pairs Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Mads Kolding/Mads Conrad all crashed out in the second round.
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Article by Manuel Rösler. All photos (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.