As soon as the Badminton group stages get to us, they seem to leave us just as quickly. With the quarterfinals looming on Sundays for mixed doubles teams, the importance of Saturday’s matches cannot be understated. All of Group B’s teams are in the hunt for advancement with the top two teams progressing from each group. Group B consists of Denmark’s Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, as well as China’s Xu Che and Ma Jin. Those two seem like the favorites to move on but it wouldn’t be wise to count out the Adcocks from Great Britain or the Mateusiak/Ziebda duo from Poland. With that in mind:
Notable Saturday matchups:
JF Nielsen/Pedersen vs. Xu C./Ma J.
Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock vs Mateusiak/Ziebda
Zhang/Zhao vs. Jordan/Susanto (winner most likely places first in the group)
Arends/Piek vs. Chew Subandhi (TEAM USA)