May 2010 All News
Ellis and Langridge fall in semi-finals in Madrid
Andrew Ellis and Chris Langridge defeated Spanish qualifiers David Leal and Elizer Ojeda 21-9 21-16 to reach the men's doubles semi-finals at the Spanish Open in Madrid.
But the England pair missed out in the semi-finals when they went down to Dutch top seeds Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder 2-15 21-16 tonight.
Andrew Ellis and Chris Langridge are through to the quarter-finals at the Spanish International in Madrid.
The England pair defeated Germany's Maurice Niesner and Till Zander in the first round 21-13 18-21 21-13 then toppled fourth seeded Austrians Daniel Grassmuck and Roman Zirnwald. In the last eight they face Spanish qualifiers David Leal and Eliezer Ojeda.
But there was disappointment for England's women's doubles fourth seeds when Heather Olver had to pull out, leaving Mariana Agathangelou to contest the mixed doubles with Marcus Ellis.
The pair won their opener against Niesner and Astrid Hoffmann 21-14 21-19 before being forced to retire when a game down against Irish pair Sam and Chloe Magee.
Sarah Walker, who came through women's singles qualifying, won her first-round match with Iceland's Ragna Ingolfsdottir 21-18 9-21 21-18 before going down to Ukrainian fourth seed Larisa Griga 21-18 21-15. Nicola Cerfontyne, who was promoted from qualfiying, was beaten in a close first-round clash with Portgual's Helena Pestana 21-14 25-23.
In the men's singles young Toby Penty gave Czech No 1 Jan Vondra a good test before going down 21-18 21-18 in their first-round clash.
Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou return to action this weekend following their bronze medal success at the Yonex Europeans Championships in Manchester last month.
The England pair are fourth seeds in the women's doubles at the 23rd Spanish International in Madrid, where they start with a first-round bye before facing Spain's Noella Jiminez and Paula Rodriguez on Friday night.
Agathangelou also teams up with Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles, where they await a qualifier in the first round. Dean George and Samantha Ward are third seeds and start with a bye.
Ben Beckman contests the men's singles challenge, fresh from reaching the final of this month's Sussex National Elite Open. He awaits a qualifier in the first round while promising teenagers Toby Penty and Chris Coles lead the qualifying challenge.
Penty certainly did as he produced three straight-sets wins to qualify for the main draw. Penty defeated Rafael Lopes 21-18 22-20, Philippe Gaumond 21-10 21-14 and Anthony Dumartheray 21-15 21-13 in a tough day of qualifying action and that earned him a crack at Czech No. 1 Jan Vondra in the main draw.
But Coles ran up against Daniel Grassmuck in his first match and went down 17-21 23-21 21-16. There was frustration, too, for Nathan D'Cruz who reached the qualifying final by beating eighth seed Murat Sen 21-8 18-212 21-17 only to lose to Grassmuck 21-11 21-16.
In the women's singles Nicola Cerfontyne was the top seed in the qualifying but earned promotion without having to play while Sarah Walker won her qualifying match to join her in the main draw.
In the men's doubles Andrew Ellis teams up with Chris Langridge and they take on Germany's Maurice Niesner and Till Zander. Chris Dakin and Andrew Brunning meets Hungary's Balazs Boros and Akos Varga.
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