Badminton Life

Brits Clash in Switzerland

It may have been the Wilson Swiss Open Badminton tournament but there was something quaintly British about the Mix Doubles event where Anthony Clark and Donna Kellog faced off against Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms.

Robertson and Emms may be Olympic Silver medalists as well as being ranked in the top ten for the tournament itself but it was Clark and Kellogg who managed to triumph to give themselves a real boost. With the Beijing Olympics looming large, Clark and Kellogg need to gain some points to push them up in the world rankings where the pair currently is ranked in 11th place.

The history between the two pairs indicates a closeness with Robertson and Emms triumphing in the 2006 World Final before Clark and Kellogg gained some revenge by winning the English Nationals in 2007 and it was no surprise that the match turned out to be a tense 3 set thriller.

Clark and Kellogg won the first set by a 21-19 margin and although they managed to gain 21 points in the second set their opponents triumphed with 23 points which set the match into a third and final set. Clark and Kellogg ran away with the final set and their triumph by 21-9 was more convincing a lead than anyone would have dared to predict.

This victory saw the duo into the quarter finals where they will play Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa from Indonesia, who had earlier triumphed over the British duo of Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier by a 21-12, 21-15 margin. This result was a slight shock as the British duo had comfortably beat their opponents in the recent previous match but found that they were unable to carry this form into the Swiss Open.

Although Emms and Kellogg were on opposite sides of the net in an all British match up in the Mixed Doubles event, the ladies were side by side in a Ladies Double British match when they played Joanne Nicholas and Natalie Munt in the second round of the Women's Doubles. This match was an altogether far more straight forward match with Emms and Kellogs brushing aside their opponents in straight sets to set up a quarter final match against fourth seeds Lee Kyung Won and Lee Hyo Jung from Korea.

After his part in the defeat to Limpele and Marissa, Robert Blair would have been keen to qualify for the Men's quarter-finals when he teamed up with Richard Eidestedt in the Men's Doubles tournament but the duo tasted defeat in the second round where they were beaten in straight sets by Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, the tournaments second seeds. This capped a rather disappointing tournament for Blair and the Wilson Swiss Open is definitely not one that he will look back on with fond memories.

With each and every match having an importance before the April 30 deadline for points and rankings for the Beijing Olympics, the nerves of many top Badminton players are going to be put to the test which may make it an uncomfortable time for the players but it certainly looks like being an exciting time for fans.

Return from Brits Clash in Switzerland to Badminton News & Videos

Return from Brits Clash in Switzerland to Badminton Information

Badminton Life
Join Our Free Training Tips Newsletter

Get 2 Training Videos and The Singles Tactics E-Book For Free!

Join the Badminton Life Newsletter and get 2 free sample videos from The Essentials of Badminton Technique and a free E-Book on Singles Tactics!

Badminton Life