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Debutants Birch and Pugh reach Polish final

Debutants Birch and Pugh reach Polish final

Despite playing their first tournament together as pair, Chloe Birch and Jessica Pugh admitted that the Polish International title was there for the taking as they finished with silver on Sunday.

Birch and Pugh contested the women's doubles final after upsetting the number one seeds, but lost a tight final 21-16, 6-21, 21-15 to Sweden's Clara Nistad and Emma Wengberg in Bierun.

"We are very disappointed we lost in the final today, especially after beating the number one seeds in the quarters," Birch said.

"They were a beatable pair we played in the final, but we couldn't play our best badminton when it mattered."

The unseeded English pair, ranked outside the world top 300, had upset the odds in memorable style in the quarter-finals when they beat Malaysia's top seeds, Joyce Wai Chi Choong and Masyap Cheng Wen.

Birch and Pugh won 16-21, 21-19, 21-18 against a pair ranked 238 places above them.

"We feel like we have had a good tournament in Poland," Birch summed up.

"It's the first tournament Jess and I have played together so to reach the final we are happy."

Birch had earlier in the week reached the women's singles quarter-finals. As did Panuga Riou, who is continuing her comeback after a length spell out injured.

Rhys Walker and Sam Parsons both faced seeded opposition in the men's singles draw as they lost in their respective second round matches.

In the mixed doubles Jenny Moore and Greg Mairs reached the semi-final, while Moore repeated the feat in the women's doubles with Victoria Williams before losing to Sweden's Nistad and Wengberg, who went on to defeat Birch and Pugh in the final.  

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