Boilover evades Aussie badminton pair

Praveen Jordan (r) and Melati Daeva Oktavianti beat Australia's mixed doubles team in badminton.
Praveen Jordan (r) and Melati Daeva Oktavianti beat Australia's mixed doubles team in badminton.

Australian badminton mixed doubles pair Simon Leung and Gronya Somerville threatened to claim a big scalp before losing their Tokyo Games opener.

The pair won six straight points to pinch the first game 22-20 from fourth-seeded Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, who had twice toppled the world No.1 team in the lead-up to the Olympics.

The Australians were up 10-5 and 17-16 in the second game too, before being overhauled in a hard-fought 20-22, 21-17, 21-13 victory for the gold medal contenders.

Leung and Somerville must win their next game on Sunday to be a chance of finishing in the top two of their group to progress to the quarter-finals.

Somerville will be in action again on Saturday in the women's doubles with Setyana Mapasa in a group-stage clash.

Australian Associated Press