England: In the biggest upset at the 1st round of All England, scrappy Denmark men’s doubles pair Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding played neck and neck with world number one Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea, and ultimately shocking the Korean pair 21-16, 21-19 in 49 minutes.
Mixed doubles third seeds Xu Chen/Ma Jin of China couldn’t taking care of their business when they were sent packing by Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto of Indonesia 15-21, 14-21 in 40 minutes.
England’s unseeded Rajiv Ouseph got a ‘Cinderella’ victory on Wednesday when he outlasted third seed Son Wan Ho of Korea 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 in a match that lasted 73 minutes. Nevertheless, Indian men’s singles fourth seed Kidambi Srikanth suffered his first round exit at the All England as he slumped to a stunning 3-set defeat to Japanese Kento Momota 18-21, 21-12, 15-21.
Lin Dan who was hoping to win his sixth All England title, shrugged off dropping the second set against Wei Nan of Hong Kong on Wednesday before smashing back to win 21-14, 12-21, 21-16 and to reach the second round.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair Tan Aik Quan/Lai Pei Jing played their opener with an astonishing performance, fought back from a set down to overcome Korean Kim Gi Jung/Chan Shin Seung 21-19, 19-21, 21-19. However, Malaysia’s reigning Commonwealth Games women’s doubles champions Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei were defeated by six seeds Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda of Japan 21-15, 11-21, 16-21; Winners of the women’s doubles event at the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho of Malaysia were also knocked out of the All England after they lost in a three-set thriller to India’s Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa 12-21, 22-20,14-21.