Ben Lane and Sean Vendy win Orleans Masters 1200×410 1
We are now just days away from the start of the 2021 European Championships, with our England squad hoping for some impressive performances in Ukraine.
Taking place from 27 April to 2 May, England are sending a 10-strong team to battle it out for the top prize in European badminton.
The men’s doubles is set to be an epic event, with three English pairs in contention. Second seeds Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge will face either Fabien Delrue/ William Villeger of France or Estonia’s Kristjan Kaljurand/ Raul Käsner.
Fourth seeds Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will be hot on their heels though, after some incredibly impressive performances in recent months.
Having won the Orleans Masters title as well as reaching the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals semi-finals at the start of the year, they will be more than ready for the challenge.
They have a bye in the opening round and will then face either Italians Giovanni Greco/Kevin Strobl or Igor Bjelan/Andrija Doder of Serbia.
Youngsters Matthew Clare and Max Flynn will take on Danish eighth seeds, Daniel Lundgaard and Mathias Thyrri on day one of the event.
The women’s doubles event sees Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch named as second seeds and also receive a bye in the opening round. They will take on either Adriana F.Goncalves/Sonia Goncalves of Portugal or Alzbeta Basova/Michaela Fuchsova of Czech Republic.
Smith then pairs up with Ellis to form the top seeded mixed doubles pairing. They are due to battle against Austrian’s Dominik Stipsits/Serena Au Yeong or Anton Kaisti/Alzbeta Basova in the second round.
The men’s singles sees just one English entry after Toby Penty had to withdraw due to an injury. Alex Lane takes on French seventh seed Toma Junior Popov in the second round in a large draw size of 64.
England’s sole women’s singles entry is Freya Patel-Redfearn who will take on Slovenia’s Petra Polanc on Tuesday.
The full England squad is below:
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