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Quarter-final heartbreak for English pairs at Austrian Open

It was quarter-final disappointment for the English pairs at the Austrian Open as three duos crashed out with a place in the last four looming.

Max Flynn and Fee Teng Liew succumbed to defeat in the mixed doubles, while Zach Russ and Steven Stallwood and Rory Easton and Ethan Van Leeuwen were also unable to get over the line in the men’s competition.

Flynn and Liew had enjoyed a resurgent week as they marched into the last eight in Vienna, but were undone by the pairing of Anton Kaisti and Alzbeta Basova in a hard-fought 21-12 21-7 loss.

The pair had beaten the Scottish duo of Christopher Grimley and Eleanor O’Donnell earlier in the day, but were unable to emulate their heroics as they took to the court in the evening.

Easton and Van Leeuwen battled defiantly against Canadian duo Peter Briggs and Joshua Hurlburt-Yu, going behind before restoring parity to tee up a nerve-jangling decider.

But Briggs and Hurlburt-Yu triumphed 25-23 to win a close-run encounter, eventually getting over the line despite a resilient performance from the English pair.

And Russ and Stallwood were another duo who succumbed to a loss in the men’s doubles quarter-finals, going down to a 21-11 26-24 defeat against Scottish twins Matthew and Christopher Grimley.

Russ and Stallwood had previously beaten fifth seeds Joel Eipe and Rasmus Kjaer to book their place in the last eight, but had to endure disappointment as English hopes were dashed in the Austrian capital.