Marcus Ellis spectacularly made good on his pre-competition billing by doubling down with two titles at the Canada Open.
The 28-year-old, a triple medallist at this year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, was top-ranked in both the men’s and mixed doubles and emphatically lived up to that hype by winning both disciplines alongside partners Chris Langridge and Lauren Smith respectively.
Yorkshireman Ellis’ first triumph arrived in the men’s doubles, where he and Commonwealth gold-medal partner Langridge began their campaign with a comfortable 21-7 21-13 win over Canada’s Phillipe Charron and Maxime Tetreault.
They required three games to defeat Japanese duo Mahiro Kaneko and Yunosuke Kubota 21-9 14-21 21-13 in the second round, and another Canadian pairing – Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura – 15-21 22-20 21-16 in the quarter-finals.
A 21-23 22-20 21-14 success over Thailand’s Inkarat Apisuk and Tanupat Viriyangkura teed up a pulsating final against Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel - the second seeds - on Sunday.
Hats off to Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis.— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) June 24, 2018
Saving match points in QFs and SFs and then hit the comeback trail to win the Men's Doubles title in Calgary on badminton's World Tour.
The Germans pulled away from Ellis and Langridge late in the first game, winning 21-19, but Ellis and Langridge held their nerve to edge game two 21-18, recovering from 8-7 down.
Game three was a breathless affair, with the lead changing hands time and again before Lamsfuss and Seidel handed themselves three championship points, leading 20-17.
However, the English duo produced a stirring comeback and won five consecutive points to take the men’s doubles title.
Meanwhile, defending champions and seventh seeds Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden went out in the second round at the hands of the Netherlands’ Jacco Arends and Ruben Jille (21-13 21-17), as did Ben Lane and Sean Vendy, who were beaten 12-21 21-14 21-18 by Apisuk and Viriyangkura.
Further glory for Ellis in Calgary, the competition a Super 100 event on the BWF World Tour, arrived in much more straightforward fashion in the mixed doubles.
He and Smith cruised through the rounds, besting France’s Jordan Corvee and Anne Tran (21-16 26-11), Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer and Olga Konon (21-12 21-8), Japanese pairing Tadayuki Urai and Rena Miyaura (21-8 21-12) and Germans Seidel and Linda Efler (21-15 21-11).
Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich stood in the English duo’s path in the final and were duly castaside 21-13 21-4, Ellis defeating both of his opponents in the men’s doubles en route to a second title of the day.
Fellow English competitors Lane and Jessica Pugh went out in the second round at the hands of Japan’s Urai and Miyaura (21-7 10-21 21-15) while Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore suffered a narrow first-round exit at the hands of third seeds Arends and Selena Piek (21-18 21-18).