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Three medals guaranteed at European Championships

England are guaranteed at least three medals from the European Championships in Spain as reigning champions Chris and Gabby Adcock and Rajiv Ouseph both reached semi-finals on Friday.

Third seeds Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith will join the Adcocks in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles competition, keeping hopes alive of an all English final.

The Adcocks, who are top seeds, beat Russian pair Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova 21-14 21-18 to secure their spot in the last four.

They will face Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in Saturday’s semi-final with Chris optimistic the pair can secure back-to-back titles. 

“Hopefully last year was the first of many or at least a few Championships we win,” he said. “Every game is tough though, the semi-final will be tough but hopefully we can play well.

“When you have won the event, it does make the whole event more special, we had a fantastic year last year it will always be a lifelong memory. 

“Obviously we want to keep progressing, take each day as it comes, and hopefully the form will carry us through.

“Yesterday was a very good performance, today was probably not as goods but enough to get us over the line so we’re really happy to guarantee ourselves another European medal.”

Ellis and Smith will face second seeds Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen in their mixed doubles semi-final after a 24-22 21-13 victory in the quarter-finals.

The English pair were taken all the way in the opening game by Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler before closing out the match with an impressive second.

Meanwhile, Ouseph was made to work by eight seed Lucas Corvee in his quarter-final coming from a game down to triumph 16-21 21-18 21-11.

The reigning men’s singles champion, who faces Jan O’Jorgensen in the last four, admitted a slow start allowed his French opponent into the match.

“I had a slow beginning to the game, it was a comfortable pace for him to play, he didn’t have to make too many winning shots it was my errors being forced,” he said.

“In the break in the second game, towards the end I tried to raise my pace, make it more uncomfortable for him and I think that worked.

“It does feel different coming back as a champion, I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and defend my title, I’m obviously happy to get to semi-final and get a medal.”

Elsewhere, there was double disappointment for Chloe Birch as she was beaten in the women’s singles and women’s doubles.

Birch was beaten 21-14 21-12 by Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the singles after losing 21-11 21-9 with partner Jessica Pugh against Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen.

Fourth seeds Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker went down 21-10 21-10 to Netherlands pair Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen in their quarter-finals.

Finally, Olympic bronze medallists Ellis and Chris Langridge were beaten 21-8 20-22 21-16 by Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

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