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Three English junior titles won in Iceland and Sweden

Three titles were won in two separate junior competitions by English juniors over a sensational weekend.

At the RSL Iceland International in Reykjavík the duo of Alex Green and Annie Lado claimed the mixed doubles title while Pamela Reyes and Asmita Chaudhari took the women’s doubles crown.

Elsewhere, over at the Swedish U17 International in Uppsala, Lisa Curtin and Estelle Van Leeuwen were victorious in the women’s doubles to cap a brilliant day for English badminton.

In Iceland the duo of Green and Lado impressively eased their way through to the final with last eight and last four wins over home favourites fourth seeds Jonas Baldursson and Juliana Karitas Johannsdottir, and first seeds Daniel Johannesson and Sigridur Arnadottir respectively.

The latter coming in a dogfight where Green and Lado fell a game behind before eventually prevailing 19-21 21-17 21-17.

And they were tested all the way by Scottish pairing Joshua Apiliga and Rachel Sugden in the final showdown but came through 21-19 21-17.

Lado came close to doubling up on her titles as she fell at the final hurdle alongside Holly Williams in the women’s doubles final to Reyes and Chaudhari 21-19 21-15.

The winners benefitted from a slice of luck with a walkover in their semi-final clash with first seeds Nika Arih and Jerca Bajuk but had shown throughout the tournament that they were worthy winners.

In Iceland there were also impressive showings from Gauri Shidhaye, who lost in the women’s singles final to Sugden, Alex Green and Nathan Moore, who made it to the men’s doubles quarter-finals, and Alex Lane, who was also beaten in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles.

Over in Sweden, first seeds Curtin and Van Leeuwen showed just why they were ranked as favourites as they lost just two games in claiming the women’s doubles crown.

They came through a rollercoaster all-English semi-final against seventh seeds Chloe Dennis and Leona Lee 21-19 20-22 22-20 before beating Russian second seeds Elizaveta Baranova and Sofiia Bychkova 17-21 21-19 21-9 in the final.

There were also close calls for Tashvi Parab, who made it to the women’s singles final, and the pairing of Joseph Scott and Megan Brierley who made it to the mixed doubles semi-finals – as did Samuel Jones with his Russian partner Anna Kirillova.