As it happened - 2021 All England Open, Day 2: Quarter-finalists confirmed in Birmingham

The 2021 All England Open Championships in Birmingham, England has reached the last 16. Follow along here with live text updates, action, and reaction.

By ZK Goh
Picture by Badmintonphoto

Hello and welcome to the Olympic Channel's live blog coverage of the second day of the 2021 All England Open Badminton Championships!

After a dramatic first day, which saw play delayed by five hours and the late withdrawal of the Indonesian team, the remaining shuttlers took to the court in the hopes of making the quarter-finals at the world's oldest badminton tournament.

The day produced a number of seeds crashing out, including men's singles seventh seed Rasmus Gemke. But most of the big names, including world number one Momota Kento and Olympic medallists P.V. Sindhu and Viktor Axelsen, made it through.

You can re-live Wednesday's action here.

Video coverage of the All England Open on Olympic Channel is available subject to geo-restrictions.

All updates below in local time (GMT). Latest updates first.

7:50 pm - Another fantastic day

The Malaysians see off Stallwood and Lado 21-15, 21-15 to confirm their place in the All England quarter finals.

What a day of badminton it has been. Unfortunately without the sport's Indonesian stars, after they were withdrawn on advice of the UK public health authorities due to coming into contact with a Covid-19 positive case on their inbound flight from Istanbul, Turkey.

We've seen some great sport and most of the stars are through, although seeds like Rasmus Gemke and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were eliminated today.

Tomorrow promises more fantastic badminton as we reach the quarter-final stage, with 20 matches scheduled across two courts.

Do join us then. Good night!

7:37 pm - Matsumoto/Nagahara through

The women's doubles seconds seeds are through with a straight-games victory over their French opponents, 21-10, 21-16.

They will play eighth seeds Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen from Denmark tomorrow.

On the main court, the Malaysian mixed doubles pair of Tan and Lai are also on the verge of qualifying for the last eight.

7:30 pm - Antonsen reflects on win

Here's what Anders Antonsen had to say after his win over Sameer Verma:

"It was a good match. Sameer is a hard working guy and a really, really quick player so two quite tough games physically but overall happy with the match and the comeback in the first game.

"I played really good, really tight, no mistakes and then I got a little bit of luck. It was tough for Sameer but I knew it was going to be mentally tough for him after that."

Meanwhile, here's Verma's take on the ending:

"I was leading in the first game. After 20-15 I didn't know what strategy I had to do and then I lost the game. In the second game, I was thinking the same thing.

"I couldn't work it out on my side. It was all in my mind. The preparations have been good coming into the tournament. I'll hope to play much better in this tournament next year."

7:26 pm - Matsumoto/Nagahara take first game

Matsumoto and Nagahara have taken the first game, 21-10, against France's Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran.

On the main court, Malaysia's Tan Kian Meng / Lai Pei Jing have won the first game against Steven Stallwood / Annie Lado of hosts England 21-15.

7:12 pm - Four matches left

While the television coverage is over for today, there are still four matches to complete, including women's doubles second seeds Matsumoto Mayu and Nagahara Wakana of Japan on Court 2, and we'll keep you updated with the latest scores.

6:59 pm - Collapse from Verma

Unfortunately for Verma, he can't seem to get anything going right now.

15-10 to Antonsen, who has taken eight of the last nine points.

A superb smash from the Dane to end a rally makes it 16-10. Verma tries one of his own but that's called out. The Indian asks for a video review but it was well out.

Verma needs to stop the rot at the moment. Antonsen has gone from 7-9 to 18-10.

Maybe Verma hasn't quite recovered mentally from that first game, and the manner he lost it having had four game points.

Antonsen brings up match point, and converts on the first attempt as Verma lifts one wide. A capitulation.

Anders Antonsen wins 22-20, 21-10, having won 14 of the last 15 points on offer in that match. Incredible.

6:52 pm - Close game

Still a really close game between Verma and Antonsen.

The Indian is doing admirably against the third seed, and at the interval in the second game it's still only 11-9 to Antonsen.

Worryingly for Verma, though, that's a run of four straight points for the Dane again. Verma needs to be a bit more focussed when his opponent gets on a run.

6:37 pm - Antonsen wins six straight points to take first game

Verma's drop shots have been something to behold in this match. Antonsen knows they're coming and waits for them at the net and still has no answer to them.

The Indian continues to build on his advantage in this part of the first game, defending Antonsen where he can. But the Dane has closed the gap and a run of three points in a row sees him back at 15-15.

Verma ekes back in front but Antonsen is equal to the Indian's shots. The Dane lands one long and calls for a review immediately but the HawkEye review goes against him and Verma has a two-point lead again.

Hang on a minute, what's happened here? A fault has been called in the middle of a rally… and that was a superb spot by the chair umpire! Verma's racket hit the net on the downswing from a lift.

The Indian gets the point right back though as Antonsen lands one just wide, with Verma restoring his two-point lead.

This is a fascinating game of badminton, and Antonsen – the third seed – is making uncharacteristic errors. Now a cross shot from the Dane misses, and then he smashes into the net after a rally!

Verma has four game points to take the first game, but the Dane saves one as Verma leaves a shot to the back line that's in.

A fantastic 23-shot rally goes Antonsen's way with a super smash into the corner, and it's back to 20-18. The Dane saves another game point with another back line shot left by Verma that lands right on the line.

Now the Indian is under pressure – and he sends one long and Antonsen has saved four game points! 20-20.

Game point to Antonsen who has five points in a row following a smash into Verma's body.

A late out call on a shot wide from Verma. This looks out but he's challenging it… and it's out indeed, and Antonsen has scored six straight points to take the first game 22-20!

6:19 pm - Verma on a run

Antonsen took the early control in this one but Verma, helped by a successful challenge, has fought his way back into the reckoning at 7-8 down.

At 7-9, a smash from the Dane has Verma on the floor and Antonsen sends the next smash into the net with his opponent helpless! What an error.

A perfect shot at the net from the Indian levels the scores at 9-9 and then he takes the lead as Antonsen leaves one that lands in at the backline.

Another superb play at the net gives Verma four straight points and the interval lead at 11-9.

6:07 pm - Antonsen looks for more success

Just seven matches remain on today's slate across the three courts, including the matches currently ongoing and the one about to start on the main court, today's last TV match between men's third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark and India's Sameer Verma.

Antonsen is, of course, the reigning World Tour Finals champion.

5:58 pm - Home hopes in quarter-finals

Ellis and Smith have taken control of this second game and the inexperienced Danes are clearly no match for them.

It's been a sloppy performance in general from both pairs, with all four players having committed service faults.

That said, experience is telling right now.

Ellis/Smith are up 19-11 and closing in on the win. They have the serve, two points away from victory.

A nice smash from Espersen catches Ellis's defence wanting as the Danes survive a bit longer. And they win another point with a return into the net from Smith. They couldn't possibly come back, could they?

The tall lanky Espersen sends one long and wide in the corner and now Ellis/Smith have seven match points. How many will they need?

Just one is the answer as Ellis sets up for the smash but then dekes and puts in a drop shot that beats Busch. 21-19, 21-13 the final score.

Both Ellis and Smith have two quarter-finals to play tomorrow in their respective doubles events.

5:39 pm - Ellis/Smith claw back to take first game

A lot better from the English, who have recovered well, but Espersen and Busch are not making this easy by any means.

Ellis lands a cross-court smash to take the score to 18-16.

Two more points follow, with Espersen letting a shot from Ellis drop in bounds.

There's no doubt the English pair's experience is telling here.

But Espersen and Busch save three game points and suddenly it's only 20-19 to Ellis and Smith.

They do finally take the game on the fourth game point as Espersen sends one wide. 21-19.

5:30 pm - Espersen/Busch lead

Well, this is somewhat unexpected.

The young pair of Espersen and Busch have the lead against Ellis and Smith.

Both of the English pair, of course, have already played a game today in their respective men's / women's doubles pairs.

11-8 to the Danes.

5:20 pm - Smith/Ellis up next

Fourth seeds Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are up next on the main court for their mixed doubles match against Rasmus Espersen and Christine Busch, with the Danes still only 19 and 20 years old respectively.

5:10 pm - Rankireddy/Shetty out

This is great stuff from both pairs, as Rankireddy and Shetty edge in front for the first time in the decider at 16-15.

Astrup and Rasmussen then take the next two points to regain the lead, but not before Chirag Shetty is warned – again – by the chair umpire for time-wasting.

Rankireddy sends one into the net and Astrup and Rasmussen are bouncing around the court full of confidence.

The Indians take time out of the game to wipe their sweat, continuing to try to slow play down.

That looks like it could've been a double hit on the Indian side but no matter, Shetty sends an easy one wide and the Danes have four points in a row.

Match point comes up as Shetty returns a serve right into the net.

One match point saved, but Rankireddy clips the net cord on his return and that goes wide and the sixth seeds are out!

4:57 pm - Advantage Denmark

11-8 to Astrup and Rasmussen at the interval in the third.

It's a three point advantage but the two pairs are going to change ends again. Can the sixth seeds come back?

4:45 pm - Decider inbound

Rankireddy and Shetty take the second game 21-11, in 19 minutes – a minute longer than the first game lasted.

They now switch sides back for the decider, hitting against the drift. Could that make the difference?

4:36 pm - Rankireddy/Shetty back in it

That's better from the Indians, who lead the second game 11-6 at the interval.

They were dominant in that game but just left the door ajar a little for Astrup and Rasmussen to get a few points back.

Rankireddy and Shetty have the faster end of the court this game, which may be helping them. Let's see what happens from here.

4:27 pm - Astrup/Rasmussen ahead

This match has gone both ways with both teams managing to roll of a string of points before the other pair gets their own run.

The Danes strike first, converting the first of four game points they have to take the first game 21-16.

Over on Court 3, Ponnappa and Reddy are safely through to the women's doubles last eight, beating the sixth-seeded Stoeva sisters in an upset result 21-17, 21-10.

And there's more Indian interest on Court 2, with the mixed doubles pairing of Dhruv Kapila/Jakkampudi Meghana in action against Niclas Nøhr/Amalie Magelund.

4:16 pm - Astrup/Rasmussen lead

So, the Danes go into the interval up 11-8 having trailed 4-8 at one stage.

Rankireddy and Shetty need to regroup quickly with their coach, Danish doubles legend and Olympic medallist Mathias Boe.

4:13 pm - Chochuwong makes it three Thais in last eight

Ponnappa and Reddy have taken the first game 21-17 against Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva on Court 3.

Meanwhile, Chochuwong joins Intanon and Ongbamrungphan in the quarters after seeing off Chaiwan 21-17, 21-11.

On Geoff Rofe, the Indian pair of Rankireddy and Shetty had opened a decent lead but Astrup and Rasmussen have cut that lead to 8-7 by winning four of the last five points.

4:04 pm - Indian doubles interest

We have interest for Indian fans on both the Geoff Rofe Court and Court 3 right now, with men's doubles sixth seeds S Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty taking on Denmark's Kim Astrup/Anders Rasmussen on the main court.

Over on court 3, the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa/N. Sikki Reddy lead 14-11 against Bulgaria's Stoeva sisters.

3:56 pm - Tan/Thinaah qualify

If that first game was close, this second game is not.

The Malaysians, clearly the more experienced pairing, have blown the English pair out of the water.

An easy 21-18, 21-7 win for Tan and Thinaah in the end. Just 14 minutes needed for that second game.

Meanwhile, Pornpawee Chochuwong has taken the first game on Court 2 against her compatriot Phittayaporn Chaiwan, 21-17.

3:42 pm - Sindhu through

So, P.V. Sindhu is easily into the quarters too, having beaten Christophersen 21-8, 21-8.

She next faces third seed Yamaguchi Akane, who had a walkover today.

You can read our report on that match here.

Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong is now up on that court, looking to join Intanon and Ongbamrungphan in the last eight tomorrow.

On Court 3, Lee took the first game against Vittinghus 21-12 and claimed the second 21-13 to set up that clash with Momota.

The main court action is currently a women's doubles tilt between Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan of Malaysia and England's Jessica Hopton/Jenny Moore, with the former just squeaking the first game 21-18.

3:13 pm - Ongbamrungphan joins Intanon in quarters

It's all over on the main court as Ongbamrungphan pulls away towards the end of the second set, sealing the deal 21-19 21-15.

She has qualified for her first All England quarter-final.

Meanwhile P.V. Sindhu has eased to a 21-8 first game win against Christophersen on Court 2.

3:08 pm - Lee Zii Jia seeks spot against Momota

Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia follows Axelsen on Court 3 against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.

Remember, the winner of this match faces Momota Kento in the quarters.

Lee recently spoke exclusively to Olympic Channel about following in Lee Chong Wei's footsteps.

3:02 pm - Viktor Axelsen comes through stern test

So that's two rounds in a row where he's been pushed to three games, but second seed Viktor Axelsen does eventually see off Praneeth of India, 15-21, 21-12, 21-12.

A good performance from the Indian to push Axelsen.

Sindhu on court 2 has raced away to an 11-1 lead at the interval against Christophersen, while Ongbamrungphan leads the main court match.

Some words from Axelsen after his match:

"I feel slightly better than yesterday. I don't feel I played the most beautiful badminton of my career today but a win is a win and I'm really happy I managed to get through today. I think I was trailing behind 5-0 in the second game so standing off from there, playing some good rallies and getting the right length in my shots was key and that's one of the things I managed to turn around and that was obviously really important for me."

2:56 pm - Axelsen ahead

The men's second seed is hits the interval ahead, and continues to build his lead on Praneeth. It's 13-8 on court 3.

Meanwhile on the second court, Praneeth's compatriot P.V. Sindhu is up for her second-round clash against Line Christophersen, also of Denmark.

Ohori has just been warned by the chair umpire for time-wasting on the main court.

2:44 pm - Decider between Praneeth and Axelsen

Axelsen takes the second game 21-12, and the match on Court 3 is going to a decider.

Ongbamrungphan has pulled away on the main court and takes the first game 21-19.

2:34 pm - Axelsen fighting back

Praneeth stormed out to a 5-0 lead in this second game, but Axelsen has now rolled off four on the bounce of his own, then ties it up at 6-6.

On the main court, there's nothing to separate Ohori from Busanan, the eighth seed. It's 11-10 at the interval to the Thai but either woman could have been in the lead.

2:26 pm - Praneeth takes first game

Well, well, well. If he wants to continue his title defence, Viktor Axelsen will need to go to three games again.

The Dane saves one game point but Praneeth sees it out 21-15.

Meanwhile on the main court, Ohori Aya of Japan and Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand are locked at 3-3.

2:22 pm - Axelsen struggling

We don't have any TV coverage of Axelsen's match on court 2, but it would appear he has picked up where he left off last night – off the pace.

Praneeth leads the Danish second seed 15-10 in the first game.

2:14 pm - Fourth seed Intanon through

Wang with a nice cross-court smash but it's called out. The American challenges the call immediately but HawkEye says it was well wide.

The unsuccessful challenge moves Intanon to within two points of victory.

Another wide one from Wang brings up match point. A change of racket for the American but I'm not sure that will make a difference.

Intanon has eight match points but wastes her first, landing a shot out of bounds as she puts her palm to her face.

No matter, she wins on the next point to secure a comfortable 21-14, 21-13 win.

Meanwhile, Axelsen is underway against India's Sai Praneeth B. on court 3, and he recently discussed how he's in better shape this year. Read more on that here.

Unsurprisingly, Okuhara is through in straight games on Court 2.

2:05 pm - Intanon edges ahead in second

Wang, again, is keeping in touch with Intanon in this second game.

In fact, the American edges ahead, before landing one wide to allow the Thai back to 8-8.

Meanwhile, on Court 3, men's singles seventh seed Rasmus Gemke is out against Tsuneyama Kanta in three games.

Gemke's compatriot Viktor Axelsen, who survived a three-game scare of his own last night, is up next.

Back on the main court, Intanon leads 11-10 at the interval after a couple of good shots in a rally.

1:53 pm - Thai takes the first game

From the interval, Intanon has asserted herself a lot more.

She's just increased her level of play that little bit, taking eight of the next 11 points. 19-12 and nearing the end of this game.

But then an odd mistake as Intanon doesn't quite get enough lift on a shot at the net. Wang gets another point back with a shot down the line that Intanon flicks out of play.

Intanon finally brings up game point, and leaves nicely on a wide cross shot from Wang.


1:45 pm - Intanon leading

Intanon hits the turn 11-9 up, but Wang is staying this game and has done well to keep close to the Thai.

Meanwhile over on Court 2, Okuhara Nozomi is about to start her match against Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria.

1:27 pm - Japanese through

A lot better from Bøje and Poulsen in the second game, but the Japanese pair were just too good.

21-7, 21-15 in the end to the top seeds.

Up next, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand against Iris Wang of USA.

1:22 pm - Reaction from winners

Let's hear from some of today's winners from earlier, speaking to the BWF after their wins:

Momota Kento:

"I'm very satisfied today with the match. I tried my best. I was a little bit worried about my opponent. He [Prannoy] was a very tough player but I assess my play as good today.

"I have no pressure particularly. I played my own game and I'll continue to play my own game for the rest of the tournament."

Lauren Smith, on facing Fukushima/Hirota in the next round (the Japanese currently lead the second game 17-12):

"Tomorrow, we have potentially a much bigger challenge. That's exactly why we're here, we want to measure ourselves against the best players in the world. We want a chance to take them out, because the pressure's on them."

1:01 pm - Straightforward first game

Into the net from Poulsen on game point and the defending champions Fukushima and Hirota win the first game 21-7 in 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, a shock of sorts over on Court 2 as Malaysia's seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, the Olympic silver medallists, have been eliminated from the men's doubles by Mathias Christiansen and Niclas Nøhr of Denmark.

12:51 pm - Fukushima/Hirota unfazed

On to more doubles action, this time in women's doubles.

Top seeds Fukushima Yuki/Hirota Sayaka are 11-3 up at the interval against Denmark's Alexandra Bøje/Mette Poulsen.

I don't think this game is going to last too long, based on what we've seen so far. It's all pretty one-sided.

The winners take on Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith.

12:35 pm - Defending champs through to quarters

A 41-shot rally sees Teo end up on the floor to save a shot. The shuttle comes back to him and from the floor he plays it, only to see it hit the net.

17-14 to the defending champions.

Another superb rally – at 56 shots the longest of the match – ends with Watanabe missing a drop shot.

Teo sends one long after a rally and he looks frustrated.

Now the Japanese pair have match point, on their own serve. Ong and Teo save one with a nice smash from Ong.

A second one saved, as they claw back to 18-20. A third match point saved! Endo returns into the net.

But it finally ends, as Ong sends one long from front court. That second game was harder than it should have been, but the defending champs win 21-10, 21-19.

12:23 pm - Better from Ong/Teo

This is a lot better from Ong and Teo, who have been able to establish a good rhythm in the second game.

A couple of silly errors here and there are hampering them, but Endo and Watanabe are not having it all their own way.

11-10 to the Japanese at the turn, but Ong/Teo had been up at multiple points in that game.

12:14 pm - Full control

No answer from the Malaysians in the second half of that first game.

The fourth seeds and defending champions just too good for Ong and Teo.


An update elsewhere: on court 2, Mia Blichfeldt has beaten Yvonne Li 21-16, 21-17, while on court 3 Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge saw off their English compatriots Callum Hemming/Steven Stallwood 21-9, 21-13.

12:06 pm - Ong/Teo trying their best

An incredible intensity in play from the Japanese as they win the next seven points, before a wayward shot goes wide to let Ong and Teo breathe a little.

Some good net play sees Ong/Teo take another point but regular service is quickly resumed with a front-court smash from Endo, the older of the two Japanese.

Great pace on these rallies, and Endo is not letting anything from Ong/Teo past him.

An uncharacteristic service fault follows from the Japanese, and eventually Ong and Teo get one past Endo/Watanabe to close the gap to 10-5.

A superb rally ends with a lucky net cord in Teo's favour as they trim the deficit a bit more.

The Japanese do finally get to the interval 11-7 up, but it could have been a lot more comfortable.

12:00 pm - Defending champs on court

What an opening point, opening rally between Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi and men's doubles defending champions Endo Hiroyuki/Watanabe Yuta of Japan.

It goes the Malaysians' way as they look to end their career 0-5 record against Endo/Watanabe.

11:47 am - Birch/Smith through without issues

The seventh seeds march on easily.

Nielsen and Steffensen never really got going in that second game, although they did well to get to 11 points.

A straightforward 21-14, 21-11 win for Birch and Smith, who could face top seeds Fukushima Yuki/Hirota Sayaka of Japan in the quarters.

11:39 am - Danes being outplayed

Nielsen and Steffensen are struggling to get a foothold in this match.

Birch and Smith are in complete dominance of this game and in just 10 minutes have built an 11-4 lead in this second game.

Not sure what more the Danes can do, they're just being outplayed.

11:29 am - Birch/Smith take first game

That first round walkover seems to be telling, as the Danes aren't quite on the same wavelength yet. 19-14.

A fantastic rally follows which ends with Steffensen hitting long to bring up game point.

Wide on the next point and the English pair win the opening game 21-14.

11:21 am - Birch/Smith in control

Still really close between the two pairs here as we hit the interval, with Birch and Smith 11-9 up.

Nielsen is forced into a change of racket with a close-up of her previous one showing many broken strings.

The English pair look the stronger team, it has to be said. Some silly errors from the Danes.


11:12 am - Women's doubles action

We're underway in our second game of the morning on the main court, between England's Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith and Denmark's Isabella Nielsen/Marie Louise Steffensen in the women's doubles.

Birch and Smith are the seventh seeds and beat an Indian pair yesterday, while Nielsen/Steffensen are in their first match of the tournament having received a walkover in the first round.

5-4 to the Danes in the early going.

10:57 am - Momota through

Prannoy goes full stretch to try to save one and the Japanese smashes across the court out of the stranded Indian's reach.

A straight smash from Prannoy lands just the wrong side of the line and Momota has six match points. He only needs one as Prannoy returns it into the net, he looks annoyed at himself.

Momota wins 21-15, 21-14.

Remember, he could face Lee Zii Jia in the next round if the Malaysian beats Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.

10:55 am - Prannoy hanging on

Another successful challenge from Momota takes it to 16-11 and then the two men follow that with a superb rally with Momota showing his best form.

Prannoy can't quite get to one near the net and it's eight on the spin.

The Indian finally breaks that run with a smart cross-court shot that Momota returns wide. Over on court 3, Prannoy's compatriot Sen is having more luck and looks to be headed into the quarter-finals.

A second point for Prannoy as Momota considers – but ultimately chooses not to – challenge an out call.

Now three in a row as the Indian finds the backline. Momota's asking for a change of shuttle; he leads 17-14.

Another fantastic rally as Prannoy makes Momota move all over the court, with the Indian finally landing one cross-court. Momota challenges an in call very late and hang on, this is out! Momota gets the point!

10:49 am - Momota turns it on

Three in a row and the world number one edges back in front.

An unforced error from Prannoy – an attempted drop over the net that doesn't get over – makes it four straight for Momota.

A quick rally follows that's called wide on a shot from Momota near the backline – but a great challenge from the Japanese as HawkEye shows it was on the line. That's five points in a row.

14-11 to the Japanese.

10:46 am - Prannoy ahead

So, it's Prannoy who goes into the interval in the lead.

He's doing well to keep Momota guessing with all sorts of different shots.

11-9 at the towel break.

10:40 am - Prannoy holding strong

Prannoy is doing really well here.

A couple of lovely shots to stymie Momota at the end of rallies. A drop shot just over the net and the Indian leads this second game 6-4.

But Momota hits right back to close that gap.

10:37 am - Updates from other courts

We have only three courts in use today, although Courts 4 and 5 were used this morning to complete the first round matches too.

In those first-round games, there was a shock result in the mixed doubles as Malaysian fifth seeds Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jamie Lai were eliminated by Ireland's Sam and Chloe Magee in straight games, 21-19 21-16.

Currently on court aside from Momota, France's Thomas Rouxel – beneficiary of Anthony Ginting's withdrawal last night – is facing Indian Lakshya Sen, with the latter having just won the first game 21-18. There is no play on court 2 yet as the first match was awarded as a walkover to Yamaguchi Akane.

10:32 am - Momota takes first game

Prannoy has really grown into this match nicely.

He's drawing the Japanese into long rallies, but Momota is world number one for a reason and is comfortably dealing with the threat.

However, as I write that, Momota sends one long. No worries just yet, it's 19-14.

Another nice rally that ends as a shot from Prannoy lands beyond the backline and Momota leaves smartly. Prannoy is panting as he switches rackets, giving himself a slight breather. Game point.

Prannoy saves the first with a nice downward shot that Momota can't quite lift back over the net.

But the first game goes 21-15 to the world number one after Prannoy can't find the court with a long shot.

The winner of this match could face Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia in the next round if Lee wins his second round match later.

10:25 am - What makes Momota a winner?

10:18 am - Interval

Well, that was a bit of a commentator's curse, wasn't it?

Momota wins five of the next six points to go into the interval 11-7 up. Prannoy's sole point there coming on a nice shot to the backline.

10:14 am - More Indian opposition for Momota

This is, of course, Momota's second match in a row against Indian opposition.

The Japanese world number 1 defeated Parupalli Kashyap yesterday in the first round, and Prannoy is currently holding Momota at 6-6 in the first game.

10:00 am - BWF statement

Here is the Badminton World Federation's official statement on Indonesia:


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England can confirm that a number of players and team members from the Indonesian team have been contacted by the UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service and are required to self-isolate with immediate effect. In accordance with UK Government requirements, the entire team will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their inbound flight after a person travelling onboard tested positive for COVID-19.

All Indonesian players will not be able to compete in the current or next round of the tournament and have therefore been withdrawn from the YONEX All England Open 2021.

While we regret this unfortunate consequence, BWF and Badminton England will continue to follow all protocols required by the UK Government and the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all participants.

All results to date will stand and the draw will remain unchanged. All scheduled opponents in the next round will be given a walkover.

9:55 am - Good morning

Good morning and welcome to day two in Birmingham, where we have the round of 16 matches due today.

Unfortunately, the Indonesian team has withdrawn after coming into contact with a Covid-19-positive passenger on their inbound flight to the UK.

That means all Indonesian shuttlers who had made it through their first round games will concede walkovers to their opponents.

Play started at 9 am this morning on the outside courts with the last four first-round games held over from last night, but the day's main action begins shortly with world number one Momota Kento against India's H.S. Prannoy.