Eleven years had been and gone since England last won a title at the YONEX Dutch Open but Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith made sure that plight wasn’t to enter a 12th with a brilliant mixed doubles victory in Almere.
And it was a comprehensive title win too with Ellis and Smith not only sealing the title with a straight games 21-17 21-18 win over 2016 European bronze medallists Jacco Arends and Selena Piek but also silencing a vocal partisan crowd.
It was not the first time Olympic bronze medallist Ellis has stood on the podium in the Netherlands, adding to the silver medal he won in 2012 alongside Gabby Adcock.
This time the recently formed English pair entered the final in blistering form having recorded straight games victories in the previous three rounds, including an impressive 21-14 21-18 win over India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa in the last four.
They didn’t slow down in the final, opening up an extensive lead from 2-2 to ease through the first game in which they always led.
The second game followed in much the same fashion, Ellis and Smith never once falling behind after 1-1 with any challenges posed by their opponents proving little problem for the eighth seeds.
They will now look to take their winning form into this week’s Denmark Open as the BWF Superseries tour gets back underway.
Ellis and Smith face Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See in the first round of the mixed doubles, while also featuring in the men’s and women’s doubles alongside Chris Langridge and Sarah Walker respectively.
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