England’s men will go for gold in the European Team Championships against Denmark on Sunday after a routine 3-1 victory over France.
Rajiv Ouseph triumphed in the singles, while Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, and Peter Briggs and Sean Vendy, came through their doubles clashes in straight games.
Sam Parsons was the only Englishman to taste defeat on the day, while David Jones did not feature with England taking an unassailable lead after four matches, to progress.
Ouseph set the tone for a successful day in Kazan – but the English No. 1 had to do it the hard way against Brice Leverdez.
He took the opening game 21-14 in routine fashion against the 31-year-old opponent, but the Frenchman showed why he is such a dangerous foe by squaring the encounter with 21-17 victory in the second.
However, Ouseph held his nerve to take the decider 21-13. Ellis and Langridge followed this up with a comfortable 21-9 21-17 triumph over Bastian Kersaudy and Julien Maio.
Already 2-0 down, France gave themselves hope through Lucas Corvee, who edged out Parsons 21-15 21-17 for the only blot on England’s copybook.
But hopes of a French comeback were soon extinguished in the fourth clash – Briggs and Vendy proving too good for Thom Gicquel and Toma Junior Popov.
The English duo prevailed 21-16 21-15 to seal the 3-1 victory, with Jones’ scheduled match against Lucas Claerbout not having to be played.
Under 15 round up
Lisa Curtin starred for the under-15s as she progressed to the semi-finals of the women’s singles.
Curtin will take on Russian second seed Elizaveta Baranova after seeing off Yuliya Sitnikava of Belarus 21-5 21-13 and Baranova’s compatriot Anna Kirillova 23-12 21-12 in the second round and quarter-finals, respectively.
However, Curtin and Estelle Van Leeuwen could not progress in the women’s singles as they lost to Ekaterina Kazantseva and Ekaterina Tarasova 21-12 21-17.
Tashvi Parab bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the women’s singles after losing out to Ukraine’s Mariia Stoliarenko 21-19 21-13. Earlier in the day, Parab had beaten Estonia’s Mia Kask 21-10 21-7.
Van Leeuwen and Samuel Jones fell at the second-round stage against French pair Lucas Renoir and Tea Margueritte, narrowly succumbing 21-17 17-21 21-19.
And Margueritte proved to be England’s scourge once more, after she and Emilie Drouin defeated Parab and Smrithi Shirol in the second round of the women’s doubles.
England will play for European Mens Team Championship GOLD tomorrow after a 3-1 win against France in today's semi final.— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) February 17, 2018
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