The seeded players came out on top for the majority of the day on all five disciplines with only third seeded players out today. Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair took the first seeded scalp in the opening hours of the third day; they beat the 8th seeded couple of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkum in 3 games to progress to the Quarter Finals on Friday.
Chan Yan Kit disposed of the 7th seed in the Men’s Singles in Joachim Persson in two games. Persson is the only seed to fall in the Mens Singles to date. Wins for Taufik Hidayat over last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana and for Sony Dwi Kuncoro ensured some home players would be playing in the Quarter Finals.
In the Women’s Singles, third seeded Wang Lin safely progressed to the Quarters after her Indonesian opponent Adriyanti Fridasari retired at the end of the first match that the Chinese seed won 21-13. 8th seeded Xie Xingfang defeated Rachel Van Cutsen in two games to set up a potential Semi-Final clash with Wang Lin.
In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Wang Yihan has spent less than a hour on court to progress to the Quarter Final where she will play fellow Chinese player and 7th seed Lu Lan. The battle of the Chinese compatriots in round was between Lu Lan and Zhu Lin was won by the 7th seeded in two matches. 4th Seed Wang Chen lost out to unseeded Korean Hye Youn Hwang in three games to take the seeds left in the ladies draw down to just 5.
Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark’s excellent run of form ended with a second round defeat to Indonesian pair Luluk Hidiyanto and Joko Riyadi in two games (24-22, 21-16). Only Zheng Bo and Ma Jin as well as Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen remain from last weeks winners.
Matches to watch tomorrow:
Peter Gade (DEN, Seeded 2) vs Taufik Hidayat (IND, Seeded 5)
Wang Yihan (CHN, Seeded 2) vs. Lu Lan (CHN, Seeded 7)
Blair/Bankier (GBR) vs. Lee/Lee (KOR, Seeded 2)
Widianto/Natsir (IND, Seeded 1) vs. Bo/Jin (CHN, Seeded 5)