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All England 2016: a look back at day one

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After 40 qualifiers, and with 20 places in the main draw to play for, we look back at the opening day of the 2016 YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.

Malaysian Wei Feng Chong's 21-11, 22-24, 21-17 win over Denmark's Joachim Persson. A delightful 55-minute encounter which belied its qualifying status and left Wei ecstatic after a two-year absence at the YONEX All England.

Wei saw his main draw challenge ended as Kenta Nishimoto continued his recent good form.

On the rise

One for the home support to savour: Ben Lane and Jess Pugh's first appearance at the YONEX All England. They looked far from overawed in their opening match, Pugh's deft net winners telling the story against German opposition.

They then came up against Thailand's world number 75 pair Puavaranukroh Dechapol and Sapsiree Taerattanachai and were beaten in two, but their day one performances suggested that England has another burgeoning mixed doubles pair in the making.

Out of luck

Kenichi Tago has fond memories of the YONEX All England, having graced the finals' stage in 2010 when he lost to Lee Chong Wei. But while his younger Japanese compatriots have sent shockwaves through badminton's top echelons, Tago's stock has waned and he now competes independently of the Japanese national team.

He played in men's qualifying on Tuesday, but the world number 65 lost out to talented Indonesian Ihsan Mustofa 21-14, 21-14.

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