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Brown and Robertshaw shine at Swedish Masters


Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw enjoyed the best run of a strong English contingent at the Swedish Masters, as the world number 60 pair reached the last four of the women's doubles in Uppsala.

Brown and Robertshaw took out the Malaysian top seeds Eva Lee and Paula Obanana in a superb second round upset – and then held out over Danish opponents to set up a semi-final against fourth seeds Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygensen, another Danish pair.

However the seeded pair held out 21-18, 21-12 in 34 minutes to advance to Sunday's final.

With Rajiv Ouseph, the defending champion, having withdrawn from the men’s singles, it left Toby Penty as the sole Englishman in the draw.

He delivered a strong first round showing in ousting Dmytro Zavadsky, of Ukraine, before just being shaded by Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg 17-21, 21-16, 21-18.

Fontaine Chapman fell at the first hurdle in the women’s singles against Gayle Mahulette of the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, England’s men’s doubles assault ended at the quarter-final stages.

Second seeds Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge were beaten by unseeded French pair Bastian Kersaudy and Gaetan Mittelheisser 13-21, 22-20, 21-11.

Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden, the fourth seeds, also lost out to Kasper Antonsen and Niclas Nohr 21-9, 21-14.

Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, second seeds in the women’s doubles, were beaten in a tight second round contest 12-21, 21-19, 21-19 against an unseeded Russian pair. 

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