Friday, December 19, 2008

Clark and Kellogg through to Super Series Masters semi-finals

England's European mixed doubles champions Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg are through to the BWF Supers Series Masters semi-finals in Sabah, Malaysia.

After losing their opening group match to Denmark's second seeds Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl yesterday, they hit back to win their next two matches, today beating Lim Khim Wah and Wong Pei Tty of Malaysia 21-12 21-10.

That put the third seeds through to the last four and a clash with double world champions and top seeds Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir, who topped Group A with three wins.

But Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier won't be joining them in the last four after losing their third and final group match against seventh seeds Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa of Indonesia. After being beaten twice on day one, they went down 21-17 21-15.

Laybourn and Juhl will meet Limpele and Marissa in the semi-final even though Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam won two matches. They retired at 1-1 in the deciding game of their match with Widianto and Natsir and, as a result, were dropped to bottom of the group table with 0 points.

There was some consolation for Blair today after a total of three defeats yesterday. He and England teenager Chris Adcock chalked up a men's doubles win when they defeated seventh-seeded Danes Anders Kristiansen and Simon Mollyhus 21-18 21-17. If they can beat the second seeds Latif and Tazari of Malaysia tonight they will make it into the semi-finals.

England's men's singles hope Andrew Smith played his third group match against former Olympic and 2005 world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia but after two tough three-game defeats against Joachim Persson and Sony Dwi Kuncoro on day one, he went down in straight games 21-8 21-17

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