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Ellis and Smith

All-English semi-final in store at YONEX Swiss Open

England are guaranteed at least one pair of representatives in the YONEX Swiss Open final after two mixed doubles teams booked their places in the semi-finals.

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are into the last four after upsetting fourth seeds Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in straight games in Vienna.

But they’ll face familiar foes in their bid to reach the final, with Ben Lane and Jess Pugh occupying the other side of the net as they prevailed in a humdinger of their own.

That’s not all though with Ellis also in men’s doubles action with Chris Langridge, they too reaching the semi-finals where none other than top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen await.

It’s that game that will first capture the attention as the Olympic bronze medallists look to spring a shock on their Danish counterparts.

The pair reached the last four with yet more familiarity on court, defeating Lane and Sean Vendy in three, gripping games in a contest lasting more than an hour.

Indeed Ellis and Langridge looked in trouble against their English teammates when losing the opening game 21-15.

But they roared back to take the match to a decider with a 21-13 second game, with the scene perfectly set for the third and final in Basel.

It wasn’t to disappoint either, with Ellis and Langridge battling back from 18-14 down to hold their nerve and prevail 23-21, setting up a tie with the world No.2 pair in the process.

Meanwhile a busy day is set for Ellis, also into the mixed doubles last four with Smith against Lane and Pugh.


As if that wasn’t enough it will be a matchup of the sixth and seventh seeds, with fourth seeds Seidel and Efler already a victim of Ellis and Smith in straight games.

The English pair motored to a 1-0 lead against a side ranked higher in the world than they, reeling off seven consecutive points in the first meeting between the pairs.

And that 21-15 first game was only to be built upon, this time producing six points in succession to yet again come from behind and ensure they won’t be leaving Switzerland just yet.

The same can be said for Lane and Pugh, the partnership that is blossoming with every tournament that comes their way after overcoming Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen.

Already boasting the head-to-head record against the Dutch pair, both of the previous two contests had been close with each going to a third game.

And while barely anything could separate them again, the English duo ensured just two games were necessary this time around, holding their own to win 21-18 22-20.

It wasn’t to be in the women’s doubles however as Chloe Birch and Pugh went down in straight games, as did Smith and her partner Sarah Walker.

There was also English interest in the Austrian Open, where second seeds Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore put themselves within one game of the final.

There they’ll face Denmark’s Lasse Moelhede and Sara Lundgaard, a match they’ll go into on good form having beaten Scotland’s Adam Hall and Ciara Torrance in the last eight.

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