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Nathan Robertson wins but England lose to Japan in opening badminton encounter (pic)

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Category: Badminton News Published: 20 October 2009
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England suffered a shock 4-1 defeat by Japan in Bath in the first of a two-match series.

Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork gave England the perfect start by taking the mixed doubles against Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Mizuki Fujii 21-13 21-11. Jenny Wallwork (pictured) gave England the perfect start with partner Nathan Robertson

Robertson made his first international appearance at home since winning his 100th cap against the Japan team in that match in China.

However, Portsmouth's Andrew Smith lost 19-21 21-14 21-12 to Kenichi Tago, then Jersey's three-times national champion Elizabeth Cann was beaten 21-18 18-21 21-16 by Eriko Hirose.

Jessica Fletcher - called up at short notice for her senior England debut at the age of 17 when Donna Kellogg was forced to pull out through injury - and Jenny Wallwork went down 18-21 21-11 21-10 to Mami Naito and Shizuka Matsuo as Japan secured the winning lead.

In the final contest, Nottinghamshire pair Robertson and Anthony Clark went down 12-21 21-16 21-19 to Kenichi Hayakawa and Kenta Kazuno.

The second match takes place in Loughborough on Saturday evening.

England are playing their first internationals since pulling out of the World Championships in Hyderabad.

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