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Ellis and Smith Danish Open

Ellis and Smith win all-English semi to make Swiss Open final

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith will take on the top seeds in Basel on Sunday after making their way to the final of the YONEX Swiss Open mixed doubles.

In an all-English semi-final it was Ellis and Smith, winners of the Dutch Open last season, who eased past Ben Lane and Jess Pugh.

In a clash of the sixth and seventh seeds, it was the lower ranked pair who prevailed as they ended the match in just 34 minutes.

From level at 2-2 and tight at 9-7 up, Ellis and Smith raced away to take the opener, winning 12 of the next 13 points to take it 21-8.

And the second game was even more one-sided as runs of six and ten points in a row gave Ellis and Smith a 21-8 21-4 victory over their compatriots.

They will play German top seeds Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in Sunday’s final – the first meeting between the two pairs.

Elsewhere in Basel Ellis was unsuccessful in the men’s doubles, missing out at the semi-final stage alongside fellow Olympic bronze medallist Chris Langridge.

Going up against Danish top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, Ellis and Langridge were downed 21-15 21-14.

The English pair retrieved a seven-point deficit in the opener to draw back to just 13-14 down, but the Danes hit back to take it 21-15.

And the second game was just as tight, the pairings locked together at 7-7 and no more than two points between them until the Danes accelerated away from a 13-11 lead to win it 21-14.

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