15 September, 2023
Greg and Jenny Mairs noticed their spirited Hong Kong Open marketing campaign come to an finish within the second spherical of the Tremendous 500 occasion on Thursday.
After falling in a troublesome opening spherical match on the China Open every week in the past, the English shuttlers have been handed a kinder draw on paper in Hong Kong, in opposition to Malaysian qualifiers Roy King Yap and Valeree Siow.
Nevertheless it proved to be removed from simple, with the Mairses having to supply their highest in an enthralling opening spherical encounter.
After taking the opening recreation, the duo have been pegged again by Yap and Siow, who then led at a number of factors all through the deciding recreation.
However the English duo saved a handful of match factors in a dramatic ending to the competition, and in the end transformed a match level of their very own in a 21-19 16-21 25-23 triumph.
That arrange a troublesome spherical two contest in opposition to European rivals and second seeds Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue.
The French pair reached the largest remaining of their profession on the China Open only a few days in the past and are ranked inside the highest ten, which means Greg and Jenny have been all the time prone to be underdogs on this encounter.
However, regardless of defeat, they nonetheless delivered a formidable efficiency in a 21-15 21-19 loss that may give them loads of confidence trying forward.
They’ll subsequent be in motion on the Scottish Open subsequent month, the place they are going to be joined by a number of different English gamers.