by Ian Marshall, Editor
Laura Gasnier and Audrey Zarif accounted for the formation of Slovenia’s Alex Galic and Switzerland’s Rachel Moret, the no.5 seeds; at the same time Dana Cechova and Britt Eerland ended the hopes of the host nation. They overcame, Margo Degraef and Lisa Lung, the no.8 seeds (8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4).
Likewise, Karoline Mischek and Amelie Solja overcame Oceane Guisnel and Stéphanie Loeueillette, the no.6 seeds (11-6, 11-5, 13-11).
Otherwise, it was success for the leading pairings as quarter-final places were reserved.
Notably, Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota, the top seeds, beat China’s Gu Tingting and Ma Ruija (11-8, 11-4, 12-10); Luxembourg’s Sarah De Nutte and Ni Xia Lian, the no.2 seeds, overcame Pauline Chasselin and Marie Migot, like Laura Gasnier and Audrey Zarif from France (12-10, 11-5, 11-3).
In a similar vein, India’s Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath, the no.3 seeds, emerged successful in opposition to Hong Kong’s Li Ching Wan and Zhu Chengzhu (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8); Japan’s Satsuki Odo and Saki Shibata, the no.4 seeds, ended any aspirations held by Croatia’s relatively new partnership of Mateja Jeger and Sun Jiayi (12-10, 11-7, 11-6).
Similarly, it was defeat for South America; Chile’s Judith Morales and Paulina Vega departed proceedings, losing to Hungary’s Bernadett Balint and Dora Madarasz, the no.7 seeds (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4).
The quarter and semi-finals will be played later in the day.