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European Badminton 2016: England men advance, women exit


England men advanced to the quarter-finals of the European Team Championships in Kazan, Russia on Thursday following a 5-0 victory over Hungary.

But there was disappointment for England women, who failed to qualify for the knock-out last eight stages despite beating France 3-2.

The team picked for the morning men's encounter against the Hungarians, led by Rajiv Ouseph, duly secured their third victories of the campaign - all in straight games.

England men, the second favourites, will now play sixth-seeded Poland in Friday's quarter-finals as they continued their bid to win a first team title.

Defending champions Denmark will play hosts Russia in their last eight match.

England women, meanwhile, won their first match of the Championships as they edged past France 3-2.

Fontaine Chapman lost the opening singles against higher-ranked Delphine Lansac 23-21, 23-21.

However, Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, Chloe Birch in the singles, and Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw all won their rubbers before teenager Kirby Ngan lost the final singles.

On count back, Finland, Turkey and Spain all had better group stage scores, meaning that one win against Germany - who they lost to yesterday - or France would have put England in contention for a best runners-up spot.

Jakob Hoi, England head coach, said the performance was "extremely disappointing", but admitted that Ngan's performances in her debut senior campaign had been encouraging.

"She has been very committed and professional; and she has applied herself in the best possible way," he said.

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