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England through to quarter-finals after clean sweep

Sarah Walker, Glasgow 2014, 220

England secured their quarter-final place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after a clean sweep of wins in the team group stages.

The team dominated their group with another 5-0 win over Mauritius this morning at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. 

The draw for tonight's quarter-finals will take place after all group matches have come to an end and England could face Scotland - a tie the home crowd here at the Emirates Arena are longing for.  

Rajiv Ouseph got the team off to a great start with a 21-10 21-8 victory against Georges Paul.

Ouseph told BADMINTON England: "It was nice to play first, usually the mixed is first so it was nice for me to come out and get one game on the board."

Ahead of tonight's quarter-final matches, he added: “We would fancy our chances against most teams. I think if we played Scotland that would be a tough match but it would be nice to play again in front of a big crowd.”

In the women's singles, Sarah Walker looked comfortable, beating Kate Foo Kune 21-8 21-9. 

Walker said: “I was just trying to build on yesterday’s performance and keep it going.

“The quarter-finals tonight will be a much tougher match and I think we are all prepared for it. If we carry on playing how we are then I think we can win.”

Pete Mills and Chris Langridge then won the deciding rubber, 21-14 21-9 against Sahir Edoo and Aatish Lubah. The women's doubles was also a confident victory as Kate Robertshaw and Heather Olver secured a quick 21-5 21-6 triumph as they faced London-born Nicky Chan Lam and Yendy Louison. 

Olver and Langridge then completed the sweep, with a 21-7 21-9 win over Foo Kune and Lubah. England had already scored 5-0 wins over Northern Ireland and Jersey.

With the crowd having been so supportive towards England up to this stage, a tie against the home side looks set to create a difficult atmosphere for England. 

Speaking after his men's doubles victory, Chris Langridge said: “If we do draw Scotland, it will be the first time we have played in this hall with the crowd against us so that will be a bit different.

"Scotland have got a good team this year, it’s probably the best team they have ever had at a Commonwealth Games so it will be a tough game for England.”

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