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Malaysia mission ends for Ellis and Smith

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith’s Malaysian Open mission ended at the Quarter Final stage today when they were beaten by world number three pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in Kuala Lumpur.

The Thai pair, seeded four, won 21-14 21-12 in a 35 minute match in which England's world number 13 pair never really established a foothold. They never led in the first game that saw their rivals maintain a winning margin from 12-6 up. A comeback was threatened at 14-12 only for the margin to open again to 20-13.

The second was blow for blow until a winning run of 8 uncontested points saw the Thai duo move clear to 16-8.

It is a victory that maintains Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai's 100% head to head record against Ellis and Smith on badminton’s world tour.

Speaking through social media, Smith said "Not our best performance in today's quarter final. [We] can't afford to play anything but [our best] against the top pairs, but overall I think we've had a good tournament

"We have got a small break now to prepare for a super busy 12 months from May. Looking forward to some R&R with Marcus so we can come back motivated and ready to improve!🤪"