Badminton

Published: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 9:49:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 10:10:24 PM

Nielsen-Pedersen hoping for better luck this time

Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

BIRMINGHAM: World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark are the in-form pair right now.

They won the Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur last year before returning to Malaysia in January, where they made the final of the Malaysian Open – losing to China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin.

Nevertheless, Nielsen-Pedersen have consistently beaten the top Chinese pairs and Indonesia’s reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

But the All-England is one tournament where the Danes have generally never done well – losing in the first round last year and only making the quarter-finals in 2011 and 2012.

Nielsen, however, is confident they can set things right this time.

“We always felt that the All-England is the one tournament we’ve never really done well in ... but it’s not for the lack of trying,” said the 35-year-old Nielsen after their 21-13, 21-16 first round win over India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa.

“We’ve been playing well recently and there is always a chance things will change this time.

“We’ve beaten all the pairs here and we can win ... but we know we could also lose in the next round.”

Fourth-seeded Nielsen-Pedersen will face either compatriots Mads Pieler Kolding-Kamilla Rytter Juhl or Americans Phillip Chew-Jamie Subandhi next.

Meanwhile, Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing’s European campaign ended miserably after being handed a 12-21, 5-21 thrashing by Tontowi-Liliyana.

Pei Jing was mostly at fault but Peng Soon believes she should not shoulder all the blame.

“We’re disappointed ... this was a really poor performance by us. It’s back to the drawing board now,” said Peng Soon.

Other results saw two Chinese qualifiers – Chai Biao-Tang Jinhua and Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong – making the second round.

Tags / Keywords: badminton, All-England, Chan Peng Soon, Lai Pei Jing, Joachim Fischer Nielsen, Christinna Pedersen

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