PETALING JAYA: Last year's All-England runners-up, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, did just enough to escape from a first round disaster at this year's edition of the same tournament in Birmingham.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying narrowly defeated Sam Magee-Chloe Magee of Ireland 18-21, 24-22, 21-15 in 68 minutes and were living dangerously in the second game on Wednesday (March 14) at the Arena Birmingham.
The duo are playing in their first major tournament in 11 months since the return of Liu Ying from a shoulder injury.
They were on the brink of defeat in the second set when they were trailing 12-15 but managed to step on the gas to force a deuce.
They will probably take on eighth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui of China in the second round on Thursday (March 15).
It was all over for another mixed doubles pair when Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing went down tamely 18-21, 11-21 to Indonesians Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the first round.
Meanwhile, Canada's Michelle Li showed she was shaping up well for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month when she upset third seed and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-15, 14-21, 21-19 in the first round of the women's singles.
Michelle is seen as one of the main challenger for Malaysia's Soniia Cheah at the Gold Coast Games.
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