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Smith and Walker European 2017

Walker and Smith make semi final in Madrid but miss out on the title

Sarah Walker and Lauren Smith produced a brave battling display but missed out on making the final of the Spanish International earlier this evening (Saturday).

SmithWalkerBronze medallists at this April’s European Championships in Denmark, the world ranked 33 pair progressed to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles in Madrid but were unable to prevent Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata from booking an all-Japanese final.


Seeded two, Walker and Smith had earlier overcame fellow English duo Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams 21-12 , 21-13 in the quarter-finals and pushed their Japanese rivals all the way in the opening game of the semi final before eventually edged out 21-19.

And despite their best efforts, they were also unable to overcome Sakuramoto and Takahata from running out 21-16 winners in the second game.

Chloe Birch’s campaign in the women’s singles also came to an end on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, who had progressed past Chinese Taipei’s I-Ting Lai and Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina, was knocked out by Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in the quarter-finals, going down 21-17 21-16.

 


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