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Sam Parsons wins in Kazan

Today in Kazan: England teams through to European quarter-finals

England’s players continued their serene progress at the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championsips in Kazan as both sides qualified with ease for the quarter-finals.

Both teams topped their respective groups on Thursday after their third wins in as many days – neither outfit dropping a game in the process.

The women eased past Poland – who went into the match level with England on two wins from two ties – 5-0, while the men downed Greenland by the same scoreline.

Key results

Playing at 2pm local time, the women got off to a flying start as Chloe Birch beat Wiktoria Dabczynska 21-12 21-12 in 28 minutes.

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Two more singles victories came from the racquets of Abigail Holden and Freya Redfearn, beating Oliwia Socha and Karolina Wladzinska 21-16 21-16 and 24-22 21-16, respectively.

Each of the singles wins were punctuated by doubles victories, with Jenny Moore and Jess Pugh getting the first one with a 21-16 21-17 win over Magdalena Swierczynska and Aneta Wojtowska.

The second doubles victory coming as European bronze medallists Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker eased past Dabczynska and Aleksandra Goszczynska 21-16 21-16.

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That means England top Group 6 but sets up a tough quarter-final against defending champions Denmark, who won Group 1 with victories over Sweden, Israel and Iceland.

It was equally simple progress for England’s men as they sailed past Greenland with their opponents not getting more than 12 points in a single game.

European champion Rajiv Ouseph beat Taatsiannguaq Pedersen 21-8 21-8 before Sam Parsons downed Jens-Frederik Nielsen 21-12 21-6 and David Jones overcame Toke Ketwa-Driefer 21-4 21-11.

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And the doubles matches were similarly routine, Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge beating Bror Madsen and Pedersen 21-12 21-11 before Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden recorded a 21-10 21-11 win over Ketwa-Driefer and Nielsen.

That means England top Group 2 and face a Friday quarter-final against Poland.

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