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20.03.16

Round-up: Jess Pugh lifts Romanian doubles' title

Jessica Pugh celebrated her 19th birthday weekend in fine style as she came away with the women's doubles title at the Romanian International on Sunday.

The rising doubles star continued to make hay on the senior circuit when she and partner Cheryl Seinen of the Netherlands teamed up to topple young Malaysian pair Yea Ching Goh and Yen Wei Peck 21-19, 21-15 in Timisoara.

The pair had enjoyed a fine run as they ousted the number two seeds and failed to drop a game during the week.

Pugh's win atoned for the disappointment of missing out on the mixed doubles title.

Along with regular partner Ben Lane, the fourth seeds were beaten in the semi-finals to Peck and Yew Sin Ong.

Meanwhile, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, England's national champions, were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Swiss Open for the second week running on Friday night.

Kien Keat Koo and Book Heong Tan, the sixth-seeded and world number 15 Malaysian pair, just shaded a tight 70-minute battle with Ellis and Langridge, who were hoping to go one step further than their brilliant last eight performance at the YONEX All England.

But after taking the match into a decider, the Malaysians held an advantage throughout the third against the world number 20 pair to advance to the semi-finals.

Matthew Nottingham and Emily Westwood, meanwhile, were ousted 21-15,  21-13 by Thailand's Bodin Issara and Savitree Amitrapai, ranked 32 places above the English pair at world number 29.

Earlier in the tournament, Rajiv Ouseph was a third round loser in a tough encounter with Indian rival HS Prannoy.

Heather Olver and Lauren Smith put up a brave fight against Vivian Hoo and Khe Woon, Malaysia's fourth-seeded women's doubles pair, before bowing out 21-14, 19-21, 21-16.

Fontaine Chapman came through qualifying but lost in the first round. 


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