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).
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.
NATIONALS TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Join us in Wycombe Leisure Centre ( 1-3 September ) as we court all the national pride and joy of English badminton.
The 2017 English National Badminton Championships are the showpiece event on the domestic circuit and over 150 of England's best badminton players will compete to be #nationsbest.
Tickets start at £5 (child), £7.50 (members), £10 (adults) - with no fees
Read the remarkable story of Margaret Nankabirwa - Africa's number 4 badminton star, who went from Commonwealth Games delight to fleeing to England in fear of her life.