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Birch and Smith power into semi-finals at Barcelona Spain Masters

Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith produced a brilliant performance to book their place in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Spain Masters.

Birch and Smith came from behind to beat number four seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean of Malaysia in the quarter-finals.

Having dropped the first set 21-15, they then fought back to win the next two 21-14 and 21-19 to seal a spot in the last four.
There they will meet top seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia for a place in the final.

While Birch and Smith were successful in their quarter-final encounters, there was no such luck for two other pairs earlier in the day.

Smith and Marcus Ellis were beaten 21-17 22-20 in the mixed doubles by Yang Po-hsuan and Hu Ling-fang of Taiwan.

And in the men’s doubles, Gregory Mairs and Tom Wolfenden slipped to a 21-15 21-14 loss to Lu Ching-yao and Yang Po-han.