England’s Ben Lane and Jess Pugh produced one of the stand-out wins of their fledging careers on the senior world circuit at the YONEX US Open today by defeating an established world top 20 pair for the first time in competition.
The rising stars of English badminton ousted Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy – India’s third seeds and reigning Syed Modi International champions - 19-21, 21-19, 21-17 in the first round in California.
It was a landmark win for Lane and Pugh against a pair with Superseries experience who are currently ranked 17th in the world but have been as high as 13th this year.
Yesss, just beat Chopra/Reddy no.18 in the world in the first round here in America! 🙌🏻 happppy— Ben Lane (@BenLane012) July 20, 2017
It was also a result that displays the progression that the mixed doubles duo have made having lost in straight sets to their rivals at last year’s Scottish Open.
It is the latest in a series of noteworthy performances by Lane and Pugh, which also includes taking a set off the reigning world number pair Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen at the YONEX Japan Open .
The win over highly ranked opponents clealy inspired Lane and Pugh who have reached the quarter finals in California after another victory, this time against USA’s Phillips Yap and Jamie Hsu on Thursday.
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