Josi and Lili off to hot start in Nanjing
The Brazilian second seeds beat USA’s Summer Nash/Jace Pardon 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-4) and the Czech Republic’s Sara Olivova/Karolina Rehackova 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) in Pool B to set the pace for a second consecutive gold medal chase in China.
The South American duo topped the podium at the recently concluded World Tour 2-star event in Nantong, where they defeated Italy’s Gaia Traballi/Agata Zuccarelli 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-12) in the final.
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Top seeds Wang Fan/Xia Xinyi of China are also in top form with victories against Hong Kong’s Wai Yan Au Yeung/Tin Lai 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) and Japan’s Reika Murakami/Chiyo Suzuki 2-0 (21-19, 21-7) in Pool A, while their compatriots Lin Meimei/Zhu Lingdi led Pool C after beating Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Mastikova 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) and France’s Aline Chamereau/Alexandra Jupiter 2-1 (21-19, 16-21, 15-12).
Japan’s Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori thumped China’s Cao Shuting/Zeng Jinjin 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) before eluding their compatriots Kaho Sakaguchi/Yukako Suzuki 21-18, 18-21, 15-10) in Pool D, while the United States’ Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock routed Sweden’s Sigrid Simonsson/Tadva Yoken 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) and Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite/Irina Zobnina 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 17-15) in Pool E.
The Netherlands’ Katja Stam/Julia Wouters closed the day’s action with straight-set wins over Japan’s Minori Kumada/Yui Naga 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) and Italy’s Traballi/Zuccarelli 2-0 (21-11, 21-9) to lead Pool F.
Main draw action will continue with the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Saturday, June 16.
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