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Lane & Pugh set the tone with a winning worlds debut in Glasgow

It may have been their first TOTAL BWF World Badminton Championships, but that didn’t stop Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh from booking their place in the second round in Glasgow.

The mixed doubles pair were awash with excitement and butterflies prior to their clash with Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen, but a spectacular comeback from one game down, especially against the experience of Tabeling, saw them win a decider in the Emirates Arena.
They had started on the back foot to the Dutch duo, losing the opening game 21-14, only to roar back to take the last two 21-16 21-14 and secure their berth in the next round.

But the two are in no doubt where their change in fortunes came, breathing a big sigh of relief when the final point ensured they will now play South Korean ninth seeds Choi Solgyu and Chae Yoo Jung.

“It was great to get a win at our first Worlds, but we started off a bit nervous,” said Lane.

“We held back a bit, we weren’t moving into the shuttle and in a big arena like this it’s really difficult to hit a shot if you sit back because it’s so slow.

“In the first set they came at us quite fast and we realised if we didn’t step up the court and move quickly we were going to lose in two sets.

“We both said that Jess should press forwards to the net and I’d get the mid-court, from there it was a different game.

“Overall, we’re both just happy that we could win when we weren’t playing our best, that’s always a positive.”

They were not the only English shuttlers celebrating, with 16th men’s singles seed Rajiv Ouseph easing through with a 21-15 21-13 victory over the Czech Republic’s 21 year old Adam Mendrek in their first ever meeting.

The European champion dominated from almost the first rally, taking just 40 minutes to set up a contest with India's Sameer Verma in the second round.

There was further good news for Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker, showing the form that saw them become European bronze medallists earlier this year.

Their win was to come in straight sets too, this time 21-10 26-24, with confidence certainly brimming after a season which has already produced silverware.

“For me, the European bronze has boosted my confidence loads,” said Walker.

“It put a marker on my doubles career, as a pair we haven’t been playing together long, not even a year yet.

“It was a big confidence boost and hopefully you’ll see more of us.

“It’s amazing having such a major tournament on British soil, I did play at the World Championships in London and that was great as well.”

But it wasn’t to be for Fontaine Chapman, winning the first set before going on to miss out to Luise Heim 17-21 21-13 21-9.

Chloe Birch was also to just miss out in the women's singles, she too losing in a three-game thriller to India’s Tanvi Lad.

Meanwhile Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore admitted to frustration at missed opportunities on day one, knocked out of the mixed doubles  21-10 16-21 21-15 by Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

For Moore, she will take the learnings from the defeat against an established European pair into her women's doubles challenge tomorrow alongside Viki Williams.