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Coombs and Shephard to go head-to-head for para badminton world gold

Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard will fly the flag for England in the SS6 men's singles final as the nation's shuttlers guaranteed eight medals at the Para Badminton World Championships.

Coombs and Shephard will go head-to-head for gold in Ulsan, Korea, before teaming up in the men's doubles final as they look to defend the title they won two years ago.

It proved a tough challenge to reach the final for Coombs however, despite defeating Frenchman Fabien Morat 21-11 21-11 in his quarter-final.

In his semi-final against Wong Chun Yim, Coombs needed three games to topple his opponent from Hong Kong, eventually prevailing 19-21 21-17 21-16.

It was an easier journey to the final for Shephard though, winning 21-17 21-15 in his quarter-final clash with Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong before defeating second seed Didin Taresoh of Malaysia 21-15 21-12.

They will play second seeds Wong and Chu in the men's doubles final, with title defence firmly on the agenda.

"I can't believe I'm in two World Championship finals," said Coombs.

"All the hard work and changes I have made have worked."

Shephard added: "I'm really happy with my performance.

"I can't wait for the finals tomorrow."

Elsewhere, Rachel Choong has an opportunity to win three World Championship titles, starting with the mixed doubles final alongside Andrew Martin.

There will be a familiar face across the net for Choong and Martin, with Rebecca Bedford and her partner Morat also gunning for the gold medal.

Choong will then take to the court in the women's singles final, looking to retain her title from 2015.

She defeated both Yasmin Eissa of Egypt and Poland's Maria Bartusz in straight games en route to the final, where she will play Peru's Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores.

And in the women's doubles final, Choong and Bedford will play Bartusz and Ireland's Emma Farnham having eased through their semi-final.

"It was an utterly amazing day," said England head coach Rich Morris.

"We're guaranteed eight world medals and with the outside chance to win all five SS6 events.

"It's an even more impressive stat when England's SS6 players and Lucas Mazur from France are the only European players left to play on finals day."


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