Badminton duo fall short in Paris

On November 3, 2008 by

British badminton duo Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg have been defeated in the final of the mixed doubles event at the French Open.

The pair were beaten by the Chinese duo of He Hanbin and Yu Yang, who were seeded second in the tournament and had previously beaten the British pair at the Olympics this year. Clark and Kellogg were eventually beaten 21-13, 21-19 in a match which lasted for 42 minutes.

The British duo had been hoping to win the match following an impressive performance in the quarter-final and semi-final of the tournament. They managed to beat Xu Chen and Pan Pan 15-21, 21-13, 21-19 in a match lasting almost one hour at the quarter-final stage.

The semi-finals saw them competing against Nova Widianto and Lilivana Natsir. The duo managed to win silver at the Olympics and have been victorious in the World Championships twice, so Clark and Kellogg needed to be at their best to stand any chance of success. Luckily for British badminton fans, they won 25-23, 23-21 in a match which lasted just 45 minutes.

Clark and Kellogg can be proud of their achievements in the French Open. However, badminton legend Nathan Robertson and his new partner, Jenny Wallwork, have been left feeling disappointed after losing 21-17, 21-19 to Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Wong Peil Tty.

Clark and Kellogg will have given their chances of reaching the top eight (who will all qualify for the Super Series Masters final scheduled for December) a real boost.

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