Saturday, November 29, 2008

Clark and Robertson's brave run ends in Hong Kong semi-finals

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, the last England badminton pair in action at the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open, went down in the men's doubles semi-finals today.

The English National champions lost 21-19 21-17 in 35 minutes to Korean third seeds Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung.

It was Lee Yong Dae who defeated Robertson in the Olympic mixed doubles in what turned out to be his last match with Gail Emms.

But this Hong Kong week, when Robertson and Clark came through qualifying to reach the semi-finals, was the best performance by the former European silver medallists since they teamed up again after the Olympic Games and will boost their BWF world ranking when the new list comes out on Thursday.