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Today in Kazan: England maintain rapid start in European Team Championships

There was yet more joy for England’s badminton players at the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships as both sides emerged victorious.

Following their 5-0 victory over Hungary in their opening round, the men continued their perfect start in Kazan, cruising to another 5-0 victory over Slovakia with each match lasting less than 30 minutes.

As for the women, it wasn’t to be another 5-0 victory but a confident 4-1 triumph over Czech Republic has left them in a fine position in Group 6.

Key results

England’s men picked up where they led off with Rajiv Ouseph putting his experience to good use in the opening game, overcoming Milan Dratva 21-17 21-13.

From there the side followed as Sam Parsons – who was on the sidelines for the opener – showed no signs of rustiness with an impressive 21-10 21-6 victory over Juraj Vachalek.

That match took just 26 minutes but David Jones only needed 22 in the third and final men’s singles match of the day when beating Andrej Antoska 21-10 21-11.

That form continued into the doubles too where Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge made it nine matches in a row where England didn’t drop a game in Kazan, this time coming from a 21-12 21-7 win over Vachalek and Miroslav Haring.

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And Peter Briggs and Sean Vendy made it a perfect ten without even hitting a shuttle in anger, given a walkover from their expected clash with Dratva and Andrej Antoska.

In the women’s event, Abigail Holden maintained her impressive international debut in Russia as she confidently defeated Tereza Svabikova 22-20 21-16 in 33 minutes.

There was plenty of joy for Chloe Birch as she ousted Zuzana Pavelkova in straight games 21-15 21-19.

The final singles contest saw Freya Redfearn narrowly defeated by Sabina Milova in three games, clinching the first game 21-18 before the Czech battle back to win 21-16 22-20.

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But England rallied in the doubles contests as Jenny Moore and Lauren Smith overcame Alzbeta Basova and Michaela Fuchsova 21-10 21-7 in just 25 minutes.

And Birch completed her fine day in Kazan alongside Jessica Pugh as the duo downed Milova and Katerina Tomalova 21-15 21-14 to take the contest 4-1.

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