England and Worcestershire's doubles specialist, Simon Archer, moved into the first round of the mixed doubles event of the Yonex All-England Badminton Championships at the NIA.
Archer, aged 32, playing in his last All-England tournament, had to qualify in this event with new partner, Cheshire's Ella Tripp, after playing just one tournament together. The new partnership fought off the up and coming English pairing of Kirstian Roebuck and Jenny Wallwork in the final of the qualifying section 15/12, 15/12.
In today's first round he faces Nottingham's David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan and then partners Lindley in their first round of doubles.
Julia Mann and Jill Pittard face tough opposition in the first round of the ladies singles event. Mann, who also is involved in her final All-England event, faces the Malaysian Wong Mew Choo. Pittard, who has never reached the second round, is up against the Bulgarian Linda Zechiri.
A late night phone call saw Coventry and Warwickshire's rising ladies star, 16-year-old Fontaine Chapman enter the event at the quarter-final stages. Although she lost to the 19 year-old Nicola Cerfontyne 11/5, 9/11, 11/7 the experience was invaluable.
"The main differences are fitness and the speed of the game. I'd like to develop but it is difficult with my school work. However, I aim to play at the 2012 Olympic Games"
It was a tough experience for four Birmingham University students playing in the singles qualifying rounds for the first time.
Mark Sellwood, Warwickshire's number one, lost 15/8, 15/1 to Ukrainian Vladislav Druzchenko, Worcestershire's number two, Richard Wrigley, lost to Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 15/1, 15/8 and Gloucestershire's Ben Witham lost to Korean Kang Woo Kyun 15/0, 15/8. Jersey's Elena Johnson lost 11/0, 11/0 to Korean Lee Hyun Jin.