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Three English duos through to Barcelona Spain Masters quarter-finals

There was triple English success at the Barcelona Spain Masters as three pairings made it through to the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Lauren Smith was part of two of those, joining up with Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles and Chloe Birch in the women’s doubles while Gregory Mairs and Tom Wolfenden also made it into the last eight in the men’s doubles.

Fourth seeds Ellis and Smith, who are looking to add to the Thailand Masters mixed doubles crown they earned in January, had to come through two tough battles on their route to the last eight.

And both were all-English affairs, with Ellis and Smith beating Mairs and Victoria Williams 21-9 27-29 21-16 in round one before prevailing 15-21 21-14 21-15 over Wolfenden and Jenny Moore.

They next face Yang Po-Hsuan and Hu Ling Fang with a place in the final four at stake.

Mairs and Wolfenden, meanwhile, benefitted from a walkover in round one but had to dig deep to beat Thai duo Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit 21-16 22-20.

They now have the tough test of seventh seeds Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han.

And Birch and Smith are also in strong form, having beaten Russia’s Anastasiia Akchurina and Olga Morozova 21-11 21-7 in round two.

Moore and Williams had also made it through to round two but were knocked out by second seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy endured a battle with first seeds Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in the second round of the men’s doubles but were eventually beaten 22-20 21-17.

While Callum Hemming and Jessica Pugh also made it through to round two in the mixed doubles before being beaten.