Sarah Walker won the battle of the England stars past and present for the second time at Glasgow 2014 when she defeated Jersey’s Elizabeth Cann to book her place in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles.
But she had a far harder contest than their match in the team event last week as Cann, who won the bronze medal for England four years ago, forced the match into a deciding game before Walker prevailed 21-14 17-21 21-18 against her 35-year-old rival.
The seventh seed, who will face Canada’s third seed Michelle Li in the last eight tomorrow, said: “I lost a little bit of pace in the second game so tactics had to change to a little bit more of a grinding match.
“I am proud of what I did today. Liz knows all the tricks of the trade as such so she is always a tough opponent. It is about sticking in there and taking opportunities when they come."
Third seed Rajiv Ouseph, England’s other National singles champion, is also through to the last eight as he looks to better his silver medal of four years ago. He defeated Singapore’s Chao Huang 21-15 21-15 to earn a quarter-final clash with Scotland’s seventh seed Kieran Merrilees.
The two men know each other’s game well as they are GB training partners and Ouseph said: “Kieran is going to present a different challenge, especially with the crowd who will probably be on his side but there are a few English fans in as well.
“We train together in Milton Keynes so it will be difficult to play against someone you train with all the time but we just need to be professional and see how it goes.”
The afternoon session at the Emirates Arena saw England maintain their 100 per cent record in the individual competition with top seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock easing into the mixed doubles quarter-finals with a 21-17 21-11 victory over Malaysian pair Wee Kiong Tan and Vivian Kah Mun.
That keeps them on course for a semi-final showdown with Scotland’s third seeds Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier, who also booked their quarter-final place this afternoon.
Chris Adcock said: “That was a good game for us. We always knew that was going to be very tough. Those two are very good players. We have seen how good the Malaysians have been all week so to beat them in two straight in the manner we did was really good for us.”
The winning run went on into the evening session when Chris Langridge and Heather Olver defeated Jeff Tho and Jacqueline Guan of Australia 21-7 21-10 in the mixed doubles.
The Adcocks were also back on court for their level doubles. He partnered Andy Ellis to a 21-10 21-13 victory against Northern Ireland’s Tony Stephenson and Tony Murphy while she and Lauren Smith defeated Fu Mingtian and Vanessa Neo of Singapore 21-18 21-12.
Langridge and Peter Mills came out on top against Malaysians Daren Liew and Chan Peng Soon 21-19 21-16 late in the evening session before England's winning streak finally came to an end when Kate Robertshaw and Heather Olver lost 21-15 21-18 against Loo Yin Lim and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia in one of the two last matches of the night.
Robertshaw said: “We started off quite poorly and made quite a few mistakes but the second set was definitely a lot better, it is just a shame we couldn’t have taken that. I think they were pretty tired and so I think a third set would definitely have been a positive.”
Team leader Dave Lindley said: “I think it has been a positive day. We've got everyone through apart from the ladies doubles at the end, which I know the girls will be disappointed with. They had the style to beat them there, they just lacked a little bit of discipline.
“I think physically they were stronger and fitter, they needed to get into that third set and I think they would have taken it.
“Gabby and Lauren’s performance was excellent, they completely outclassed a good pair.
"It starts to get tough now, quarters onwards is where the real tough matches will come in.”
Inspired by Team England at the Commonwealth Games? Find your way to play at badmintonengland.co.uk/waystoplay
Don’t miss out on the action in Glasgow – sign up here for free daily updates.