It was a day of mixed emotions for the England squad in Basel on Thursday.
Our para-badminton players put in some strong performances but there was frustration for players at the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships, as they missed out on reaching Friday’s quarterfinals.
England second seed in the men’s SS6, Krysten Coombs, beat Ireland’s Niall McVeigh, 21-13, 21-10, to top his group after two previous victories this week at the TOTAL BWF Para-Badminton World Championships.
Reigning world champion Jack Shephard leads Group A after a walkover meant there were no Group A matches on Thursday.
However, over at the TOTAL BWF World Championships, both remaining mixed doubles pairs could not gain the momentum needed to continue their journey to the latter stages of the event.
Having recently risen to eighth in the world rankings, Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis were unable to topple Hong Kong duo, Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, who won 21-14, 21-14.
Ranked 13th in the world, Chris and Gabby Adcock fell to Japanese third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, 13-21, 11-21.
Other results at the para-badminton arena included defeat for Andrew Martin to India’s Nagar Krishna 10-21, 16-21 in the men’s SS6.
Rachel Choong beat Maria Bartuz of Poland, 21-12, 21-5 to top Group B in the women’s SS6 whilst Rebecca Bedford secured the win against India’s Ruhi Satish Shingadse, 21-9, 21-6 and tops her group. Bedford will also team up later on Thursday with Scotland’s Robert Laing in the mixed doubles.
In the WH1 Category, David Follet lost to Korea’s Dong Seop Lee 5-21, 10-21 with Owen Kilburn missing out to Germany’s Young-Chin Mi, 5-21, 8-21.
Seeded 3 / 4, Martin Rooke went top of Group D in the WH2 classification after a strong victory over Australia’s Grant Manzoney, 21-5, 21-2. Gobi Ranganathan missed out to Korea’s Kyung Hoon Kim, 5-21, 7-21.
In the remaining games on Thursday, second seed Daniel Bethell, who is currently top of Group B, takes on Turkey’s Mustafa Tugra Nur in the SL3 classification.
Kilburn teams up with Ranganathan in the WH1-2 men’s doubles, with Andrew Martin playing alongside France’s Fabien Morat in the SS6 men’s doubles.
The men’s SL4 sees Anthony Forster across the net from second seed Tarun Tarun of India. Forster earlier lost his mixed doubles match with Scotland’s Mary Wilson.
Play continues Friday with quarter-final action getting underway.