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Few surprises in badminton singles


Bobby Milroy (CAN) was the only seed to fall in the menís singles on Wednesday, losing in five sets to Miluka Karunaratne (SRI).

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The number 13 seed held a two-set lead over Karunaratne but the Sri Lankan raised his game in the next three sets, winning the fifth 7-4.

Geoff Bellingham (NZL) now meets Karunaratne for a place in the quarter-final after beating Danish-born Jannik Jonsson, representing the Isle of Man in Manchester, in three easy games.

Kellie Lucas (AUS), the number 5 seed, fell victim to Malaysiaís world number 66 NG Mee Fen in her second round tie and was the only womenís singles seed to fall on Wednesday.

Kelly Morgan (WAL) Ė in the number 2 seeded spot and now the highest seed left in the draw Ė brushed aside Botswana hopeful Leungo Tshweneetsile 7-0, 7-0, 7-0.

Both Simon Archer (ENG) and James Anderson (ENG), and Choong Tan Fook (MAS) and Chang Kim Wai (MAS) won their first round menís doubles matches easily to take their places in the second round.

In the mixed doubles, Scotlandís Russell HOGG and Kirsteen McEwan were fired up to play ex-Scot Robert Blair (ENG) and his new partner Donna Kellogg and they dominated the match, winning 8-7, 7-0, 7-2.

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