It was another dazzling day for England’s para-badminton team at the TOTAL BWF World Championships, with a string of players progressing ever closer to titles.
Leading the way in the men’s SS 6, top seeds Jack Shephard and Krysten Coombs remain on course to meet in the final in Basel after both came through their round of 16 ties.
After finishing the group stages undefeated, top seed Shephard faced Thailand’s Yaemmali Bunthan and made swift work of his opponent, prevailing 21-3 21-4 in an impressive display.
The reigning world champion will face Malaysia’s Didin Taresoh in the quarter-finals, on the opposite side of the draw to teammate Coombs, who fired past South Korea’s Dae Sung Lee 21-17 22-20 in a tighter affair.
Second seed Coombs will take on Vitor Goncalves Tavares in his quarter final, after the Brazilian defeated Englishman Andrew Martin 21-9 23-21.
Martin did battle to success elsewhere on Friday, however, as he and partner Rachel Choong powered past America’s Jake Petruzzelli and Jayci Simon 21-7 21-8.
The number one seeds top Group A in the mixed doubles SS 6 after their 19-minute win.
England and Scotland also combined to top Group B in the mixed doubles SS 6, with Rebecca Bedford and Robert Laing beating Goncalves Tavares and Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargas 21-16 20-22 21-18.
The wins for England’s para-badminton players continued in the men’s WH 2 as Martin Rooke played his way into a quarter-final against Japan’s Atsuya Watanabe.
Rooke topped his group on Thursday before taking on German 5/8 seed Rick Cornell Hellman in the round of 16, coming through 21-15 21-17 – top seed Jungjun Kim and second seed Ho Yuen Chan also made it through to the quarters.
Over to the men’s SL3 and a third win of the World Championships for second seed Daniel Bethell, who was taken to 26 minutes but gave up few points in a 21-4 21-3 victory over Spain’s Simon Cruz Mondejar.
Bethell faces 5/8 seed Daisuke Fujihara in the quarter-finals while top seed Pramod Bhagat of India is on the other side of the draw against fellow countryman Umesh Vikram Kumar.
After losing out to India’s Tarun Tarun in the MS SL 4 late on Thursday, Antony Forster is also out of the men’s doubles SL 3-4 after he and partner Colin Leslie went down to Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar 21-14 21-6.
There was also defeat early on Friday for Gobi Ranganathan and Henriett Koosz, who lost out to Chinese duo Tong Yang and Hongyan Li, while Ranganathan lost in the men’s WH 2 to Jianpeng Mai – 21-11 21-5.
David Follett is out of the men’s WH 1 and Andrew Martin the men’s SS 6, with a 21-9 23-21 defeat to Goncalves Tavares.