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England get off to perfect start at European Mixed Team Championships

England get off to perfect start at European Mixed Team Championships

England kicked off their European Mixed Team Championships campaign as they mean to go on, recording a 5-0 victory over Ireland without dropping a single game.

More than 30 years have passed since an English team last clinched the European title, while they took silver in the last edition of the Championships back in 2015.

The win sees England immediately soar to the top of Group 2 in Lubin, overtaking Sweden in the standings following their 4-1 triumph over the Irish earlier in the day.

Just one more win is needed to secure England’s place in the knockout stages, which get underway on Friday, and the team will be hoping to continue their fine form to proceedings in their next match on Thursday.

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Toby Penty, playing in the absence of the injured Rajiv Ouseph, got England off to the perfect start in the men’s singles, defeating Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen 21-18 21-17.

From there, Fontaine Chapman made short work of her women’s singles tie to double England’s advantage, prevailing over Rachael Darragh 21-14 21-8 in just 26 minutes.

That was before Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis put the tie out of Ireland’s reach against Joshua Magee and Nguyen.

They took just over half an hour to take a 21-9 21-12 win, having dominated proceedings from the very off.

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Despite Sara Boyle and Sinead Chambers taking the lead in the women’s doubles, Rio Olympian Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker soon found their feet to take the first set 21-9, before triumphing 21-10 in the second in a total time of 24 minutes.

And Chris and Gabby Adcock wrapped up the win in the mixed doubles, showing why they are ranked the eighth best partnership in the world with a 21-15 21-16 victory over Scott Evans and Chloe Magee.

England face Sweden in the second of their group ties on Thursday, with first shuttle at 2.30pm CET.

Photos: Badminton Photo
 

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