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16th June 2009

Robertson and Clark chase more glory in Indonesia

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, England's new Aviva Singapore Open men's doubles champions, have no time to dwell on their success on Sunday as they head for Jakarta and tomorrow's first round of the Djarum Indonesia Open.

To reflect the strength in depth of the Super Series, the former European silver medallists must take on Indonesian seventh seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano in their opening contest.

A first-round win will earn the Nottinghamshire pair a possible rematch with Chen Hong Ling and Lin Yu Lang if the Taiwan pair can overcome Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi of Indonesia.

Robertson and Clark squeezed past Chen and Lin 21-19 21-19 in the Singapore semi-finals on the way to beating Indonesia's world and Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in emphatic style in the final.

But the English National champions, whose world ranking is set to soar on Thursday from No 19 towards the top 10, are in buoyant mood after their first major international win together, having claimed England's first Super Series title in the process.

In fact, it was England's first major title on the world circuit since Clark and Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire) won the Denmark Open in 2006 - a month after losing to Robertson and Gail Emms (Herts) in the 2006 world final in Madrid. But that triumph was before the BWF Super Series circuit was introduced in January 2007.

Robertson and Clark are joined in men's doubles by world No 14 pair Robert Blair (Leics) and Chris Adcock (Notts), who take on Malaysia?s Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng in the first round.

All four England men are in mixed doubles action as well this week. Clark and Kellogg, the European champions and world No 7s, take on sixth seeds Xie Zhongbo & Zhang Yawen of China in a tricky opener while Robertson and Jenny Wallwork (Yorks) face Hoi Wah Chau and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama of Hong Kong.

They are joined by Blair and Scotland's Imogen Bankier (Glasgow) with the world No 11 pair taking on Holland's Jorrit De Ruiter & Ilse Vaessen. Former world junior silver medallists Adcock and Gabby White (Yorks) have the worst draw of the four pairs as they must tackle second seeds and Olympic champion Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea but it will be a great experience for England's young pair, who are No 21 in the world.

In the men's singles in-form National champion Rajiv Ouseph (Middx), who is up to No 30 in the world, faces Dutchman Dicky Palyama while England No 1 and world No 22 Andrew Smith (Hants), who landed Malaysian world No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the Singapore first round, now has to get the better of former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

Carl Baxter's hopes of joining them in the main draw were dashed today when the Avon-based National runner-up was forced to retire at 17-4 down in the first game of his opening qualifying contest against Anand Pawar, the player who beat him in a close Bank of Scotland International quarter-final before the Indian player lost to Ouseph in the final in Glasgow.

White is also No 21 in the world in women?s doubles with Wallwork and the Leeds pair meet Melati Nadya and Natalia Poulokan in the first round while Kellogg and Bankier take on another Indonesian pair, Rani Mundiasti and Jo Novita.

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