Olympic Wrap Up - Day 1

Written by  Aaron Wong Monday, 30 July 2012 10:27

"We're generally not feeling any pressure at these Olympics as the medal contenders are all ranked higher than us" remarked Fang Chieh Min of Chinese Taipei.

"We're just enjoying competing in the world's most elite sporting event, the Olympics" said his men's doubles partner Lee Sheng Mu.

Such reactions accurately convey how they played today against Australians Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith, who have beaten them once before during 2011. In a word: relaxed.

The pair from Chinese Taipei play a completely different style compared to the high intensity attacks of the top Chinese pair that the Australians battled last night. By their own admission, they were unable to implement their preferred game plan this morning.

Warfe and Smith will encounter the tall Germans Kindovarter and Schoettler next, and plan to evaluate video footage in preparation for a first time encounter against them.

To the British public’s dismay, mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier fell in three games 21-11, 17-21, 14-21, to their lower ranked German opponents Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels, and two defeats in their group so far means their home Olympics campaign is effectively over, despite one match to go.

In a different mixed doubles group, this year's All England champions Liliyana Natsir and Tantowi Ahmad of Indonesia won over Beijing gold medallist, Lee Yong Dae and his present partner Ha Jung Eun in straight sets 21-19 21-12.

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