What a week it was for our England squad in Amsterdam at the YONEX Dutch Open.
10 English acts made it into the main draw of the event, constituted of five Mixed Doubles (XD) pairs, two Men's Doubles (MD), two Women's Doubles (WD) and a Men's Singles (MS) athlete.
Callum Hemming and Jenny Moore sailed through their qualification match to unfortunately have to face Chris and Gabby Adcock in the next round.
Our number two seeded couple (the Adcocks) did not drop a single set all tournament on their way to the final. Unfortunately here they came unstuck against Tabeling and Piek of the Netherlands who beat the other English pair and first seeds Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in the semi-final.
Marcus Ellis also made the semi-finals with his Olympic bronze medal-winning partner Chris Langridge. They did well to come back from 20-18 down to win the first set 22-20 but then went on to lose 21-17 21-15 against China's seventh seeds OU Xuan Yi/ZHANG Nan.
The luck of the draw meant two different pairings of ours had to face further English squad-mates; inevitably costing us two possible English pairings in later rounds.
But this is unavoidable and all in all last week was a successful one for the Milton Keynes-based squad to celebrate.
Our three best XD pairs, and our best MD and WD pairings compete in the Denmark Open – Super 750 starting tomorrow.