England’s top two singles’ players moved serenely into the second round of the 100th All England Open here in Birmingham.
Andrew Smith, the world No 26, made short work of Holland’s Eric Pang 21-10, 21-11 in 20 swift minutes while Rajiv Ouseph, England’s No 1, beat Matthieu Lo Ying Ping, of France, 21-17, 21-19, having clawed back an 8-2 deficit in the second game.
The tough matches start on Thursday, though. Smith plays former Olympic champion Taufik Hidaya while Ouseph tackles China's Jin Chen, the No 3 seed. Chen had to save a match point against India's Dionysius Rumbaka.
Smith, who trains at the Kuala Lumpur Racket Club after several indifferences with Badminton England, said: "I'm not 100 per cent but I'm better. It was okay today, there is just a tiny bit of pain. I came here today on the basis of just having a hit and seeing if it was okay.”