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England men ease past Estonia in European Teams opener


England men, the second seeds, got off to the best possible start in the European Team Championships with a convincing 5-0 win against Estonia in Kazan, Russia.

Rajiv Ouseph got their campaign off to a winning start thanks to a 21-13, 21-19 win over Estonian number one Raul Must in 37 minutes.

It was followed up with victories from Toby Penty and Sam Parsons, who also won their singles' matches in straight games, the latter in just 19 minutes.

In the final two men's doubles rubbers, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge cruised to a 21-6, 21-10 win over Kristjan Kaljurand and Raul Kasner.

Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden then rounded off the whitewash, with the team's fifth straight-game victory.

England men are aiming for their first team title in the competition.

They have twice won silver in five previous editions, most recently in 2014 when they finished behind Denmark, the favourites who have yet to lose in the event.

The men's squad have little time for rest, with a second group game against Bulgaria coming on Wednesday afternoon.

England women, meanwhile, were handed a walkover against Wales in their opening game of their European Women's Team Championship campaign.

Their second group game is also scheduled for tomorrow against Germany.

Full results and group schedule at Tournament Software


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