** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **

October 2, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Seeded players from England, Australia and Sweden had it tough yesterday on the opening day of competition at the German Open badminton championships in Saarbrucken. England's Darren Hall, the eleventh seed in men's singles, lost to Ismail Samad from Malaysia in a fiercely contested first round match 14-18, 15-13 10-15. His compatriot, Joanne Muggeridge, the sixth seed in the women's singles event, was defeated by Germany's Anika Seitz in another first-round affair that went three games 6-11, 11-7 and 6-11.

Two seeded pairs from the land down under were also put out on the first day. Men's doubles eighth seeds David Bamford and Peter Blackburn were eliminated by Peder Nissen and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark in another fiercely fought first round match 17-18, 15-10 and 13-18. Mixed doubles eighth seeds Murray Hocking and Lisa Campbell were given the boot by England's Simon Archer and Nicola Beck in a second round contest 4-15, 18-14, 7-15.

Sweden though suffered the biggest upset on opening day, Mixed doubles fourth seeds Peter Axelsson and Catrine Bengtsson were soundly thrashed by Janek Roos and Helene Kirkegaard of Denmark 15-4 and 15-7 in a second round matchup.

In what may be considered another upset, Russian Open mixed doubles champions Jon Holst-Christensen and Ann Jorgensen of Denmark were defeated by the pair of Michael Keck from Germany and Erica van den Heuvel of the Netherlands in a sensational and well-played match 15-12 and 15-12. Holst and Jorgensen, though unseeded, were favoured in the second round contest with the fifth-seeded German-Dutch combination.

Following are the complete results from the first day of competition (number before name indicates seeding; Q before name indicates winner of qualifying rounds):

Men's Singles - First Round
10-Rikard Magnusson (Sweden) beat Joris van Soerland (Netherlands) 15-5, 15-2
Ville Kinnunen (Finland) beat Michail Popov (Bulgaria) 15-5, 18-3
9-Thomas Sogaard (Denmark) beat Hidetaka Yamada (Japan) 15-7, 3-15, 15-8
Q:Marek Bujak (Germany) beat Bjorn Decker (Germany) 15-11, 15-2
13-Martin Lundgaard Hansen (Denmark) beat Janek Niedwziedzki (Poland) 15-9, 15-5
Stanislav Pukhov (Russia) beat Q:Fernandin Bram (Indonesia) 15-8, 18-17
Ismail Samad (Malaysia) beat 11-Darren Hall (England) 18-14, 13-15, 15-10
Dharma Gunawi (Indonesia) beat Craig Robertson (Scotland) 15-4, 15-13
Ikka Nyqvist (Finland) beat Q:Michael Helber (Germany) 15-12, 15-13
16-Anders Boesen (Denmark) beat Norman Eby (Germany) 15-2, 15-7
Colin Haughton (England) beat Guntur Hariono (Indonesia) 15-4, 15-6
15-Dicky Palyama (Netherlands) beat Bruce Flockhart (Scotland) 17-15, 15-12
Pontus Jantti (Finland) beat Q:Jens Roch (Germany) 15-4, 15-1
14-Oliver Pongratz (Germany) beat Peter Janum (Denmark) walkover
Hargiono (Indonesia) beat Boris Kessov (Bulgaria) 15-1, 15-1
12-Chris Bruil (Netherlands) beat Tadashi Ohtsuka (Japan) 15-6, 15-3

Women's Singles - First Round
1-Camilla Martin (Denmark) beat Victoria Hristova (Bulgaria) 11-2, 11-0
Ella Karachkova (Russia) beat Katarzyna Krasowska (Poland) 10-12, 11-4, 12-11
Anika Sietz (Germany) beat 6-Joanne Muggeridge (England) 11-6, 7-11, 11-6
Charmaine Reid (Canada) beat Q:Anne Honscheid (Germany) 11-5, 11-7
3-Mette Pedersen (Denmark) beat Tracy Hallam (England) 11-1, 11-7
Nicole Grether (Germany) beat Maja Pohar (Slovenia) 11-5, 11-4
8-Margit Borg (Sweden) beat Brenda Beenhakker (Netherlands) 11-6, 11-2
Heidi Dossing (Denmark) beat Q:Petra Overzier (Germany) Kaneko Yonekura (Japan) beat Dobrinka Smilianova (Bulgaria) 11-1, 11-2
7-Kelly Morgan (Wales) beat Heike Schonharting (Germany) 12-11, 11-2
Caroline Glebbeek (Netherlands) beat Sandra Watt (Scotland) 11-1, 11-6
4-Anne Sondergaard (Denmark) beat Anja Weber (Germany) 12-10, 11-2
Monique Hoogland (Netherlands) beat Katja Michalowsky (Germany) 11-3, 11-3
5-Mette Sorensen (Denmark) beat Claudia Vogelsang (Germany) 7-11, 11-1, 11-1
Lisa Campbell (Australia) beat Donna Kellogg (England) 11-4, 7-11, 11-1
2-Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden) beat Marina Yakusheva (Russia) 11-7, 11-1

Men's Doubles - First Round
1-J Holst-Christensen/M Sogaard (Denmark) beat S Jilev/N Kessov (Bulgaria) 15-0, 15-1
J Hankiewicz/R Matuscha (Poland) beat M Kranitz/F-J Mueller (Germany) 15-10, 15-11
6-N Ponting/J Quinn (England) beat A Gatt/C Robertson (Scotland) 15-7, 15-11
J Fischer/U Norgaard (Denmark) beat M Joppien/A Wolk (Germany) 18-17, 15-10
3-P Axelsson/P-G Jonsson (Sweden) beat S Ottrembka/B Reichel (Germany) 15-6, 15-9
M Keck (Germany)/D Gunawi (Indonesia) beat M Bujak/S Landwehr (Germany) 15-4, 15-9
5-J Eriksen/J Larsen (Denmark) beat B Kessov/I Sotirov (Bulgaria) 15-11, 15-12
M Hocking/M Nichols (Australia) beat B Decker/C Hueckstaedt (Germany) 9-15, 15-2, 15-3
R Rasak/Tan K-H (Malaysia) beat S Kuhl/J Tesche (Germany) 15-1, 15-10
P Nissen/J Rasmussen (Denmark) beat 8-David Bamford/P Blackburn (Australia) 17-18, 15-10, 18-13
V Kinnunen/I Nyqvist (Finland) beat K Masuda/T Ohtsuka (Japan) 15-7, 9-15, 15-3
4-S Archer/C Hunt (England) beat F Bram (Indonesia)/S Schuler (Germany) 15-5, 15-6
M Popov/S Stojanov (Bulgaria) beat R Hogg/K Middlemiss (Scotland) 15-13, 11-15, 15-6
7-M Helber/B Siegemund (Germany) beat J Jorgensen/O Svejstrup (Denmark) 15-3, 15-12
Q:G Hariono (Indonesia)/U Ossenbrink (Germany) beat N Eby/F Wahab (Germany) 15-1, 15-3
2-J Laugessen/T Stavngaard (Denmark) beat N van Barneveld/J van Leedwen (Netherlands) 15-4, 9-15, 15-5

Women's Doubles - First Round
H Dossing (Denmark)/N Tummer (Germany) beat C Reid (Canada)/K Zimmerman (USA) 15-8, 15-12
A-M Bille (Denmark)/M Borg (Sweden) beat S Beissel/N Grether (Germany) 6-15, 18-13, 15-9
M Pfeiffer/H Schonharting (Germany) beat V Hristova/R Tzvetkova (Bulgaria) 17-14, 15-5
7-M Andrievskaya/C Bengtsson (Sweden) beat E Cramer/K Franke (Germany) 15-9, 15-5 N Pitro/A Seitz (Germany) beat B Andersen/A-L Jorgensen (Denmark) 8-15, 15-12, 15-4
E Karachkova/M Yakusheva (Russia) beat T Geibig/S Mirsching (Germany) 15-1, 15-5
5-N Beck/J Davies (England) beat A Weber/S Westermann (Germany) 15-3, 15-4
L Campbell/R Cator (Australia) beat K Michalowsky/W Schrempf (Germany) 15-5, 15-8
S Mann/C Vogelgesang (Germany) beat D Diminova/D Smilianova (Bulgaria) walkover K Stechmann/K Ubben (Germany) beat A Honscheid/P Overzier (Germany) 15-7, 15-8

Mixed Doubles - First Round
J Quinn/J Davies (England) beat Q:U Ossenbrink/W Schrempf (Germany) 15-7, 15-3
O Svejstrup/B Andersen (Denmark) beat S Ottrembka/K Ubben (Germany) 13-15, 15-1, 15-7
S Stojanov/R Tzvetkova (Bulgaria) beat C Robertson/S Watt (Scotland) 15-10, 15-6
J Holst-Christensen/A Jorgensen (Denmark) B Siegemund/K Stechmann (Germany) 15-2, 15-6
S Kuhl/N Pitro (Germany) beat Q:J Tesche/N Tummer (Germany) 15-9, 15-2
J Roos/H Kirkegaard (Denmark) beat A Pohar/M Pohar (Slovenia) 15-10, 15-12
S Archer/N Beck (England) beat K Middlemiss/E Middlemiss (Scotland) 15-4, 15-1
B Reichel/S Beissel (Germany) beat N van Barneveld/L Jonathan (Netherlands) 8-15, 15-8, 15-11

Mixed Doubles - Second Round
1-J Eriksen/M Thomsen (Denmark) beat J Quinn/J Davies (England) 15-1, 15-7
6-P Blackburn/R Cator (Australia) beat O Svejstrup/B Andersen (Denmark) 15-9, 15-10
3-C Hunt/D Kellogg (England) beat S Stojanov/R Tzvetkova (Bulgaria) 15-10, 15-1
5-M Keck (Germany)/E van den Heuvel (Netherlands) beat J Holst-Christensen/ A Jorgensen (Denmark) 15-12, 15-12
7-J Rasmussen/A-L Jorgensen (Denmark) beat S Kuhl/N Pitro (Germany) 15-8, 7-15, 15-6
J Roos/H Kirkegaard (Denmark) beat 4-P Axelsson/C Bengtsson (Sweden) 15-4, 15-7
S Archer/N Beck (England) beat 8-M Hocking/L Campbell (Australia) 15-4, 14-18, 15-7
2-M Sogaard/R Olsen (Denmark) beat B Reichel/S Beissel (Germany) 15-8, 15-0