It was a day of mixed fortunes for England’s players in Kazan as the men progressed but the women were eliminated from the European Team Championships.
Following their perfect group stage campaign, the men were made to work in their quarter-final but eventually moved past Poland 3-0 to set up a Saturday semi-final against France.
But there was no such joy for their female counterparts, with England putting up a brave fight but going down 3-0 to defending champions Denmark.
A straight-forward win for Rajiv Ouseph gave England’s men a 1-0 lead over Poland as the European singles champion beat Michal Rogalski 21-11 21-14 in 28 minutes.
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge then grafted for 46 minutes to overcome Milosz Bochat and Adam Cwalina 21-16 21-13.
And the win was complete when Sam Parsons came through a gruelling 61-minute match against Adrian Dziolko – eventually winning 19-21 21-17 21-16.
Chloe Birch also played for an hour in her singles match against Mia Blichfeldt, but the Englishwoman was just edged out and went down 21-18 19-21 17-21 to the Dane in exactly 60 minutes.
Jess Pugh and Sarah Walker were next on court to take on Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen, but the experiences Danes had too much the England and won 21-13 21-13.
Grace King followed the doubles match on but lasted just four minutes against Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt, being forced into retirement when 2-5 down in the opening game – sealing the victory for Denmark.
Under 15 roundup
It’s not just the senior teams that are in action in Russia, with Friday signalling the start of the European U15 Championships.
Two victories in the day for Tashvi Parab and Lisa Curtin ensured they would make it through to Saturday and the third round of the women’s singles.
While Saturday will also see Parab team up with Smrithi Shirol in the women’s doubles second round, after they won their first-round match.
Joining them in the second round are Curtin and Estelle Van Leeuwen – the number one seeds receiving a bye into the second round.
While mixed doubles 3/4 seeds Samuel Jones and Van Leeuwen also received a first-round bye and play on Saturday.