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Year in Review 2017: Part four


The year is almost at an end - but what a 12 months it has been on and off the court.

From World Championship glory to European podiums, maiden titles to national success, 2017 has certainly had it all - with a big 2018 to come.

So, to remember all the best bits, we've put together the highlights with the fourth and final lookback covering October, November and December.

Missed any moments so far? You can catch up here!


Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are still very much finding their feet as a mixed doubles pair but their first title came in October as they triumphed at the Dutch Open, with Jess Pugh and Ben Lane reaching the quarter-finals.

But more was to come from Pugh and Lane as they defeated the World No.10 pair to reach the last eight of the French Open – their very first quarter-final finish at a Superseries tournament. 


Toby Penty won his third title of the year at the Scottish Open Grand Prix, becoming the first Englishman to win the men’s singles title in Glasgow since Rajiv Ouseph in 2011.

In Korea, England’s para badminton stars stole the show at the World Championships, winning eight medals – four of which were gold.

Toby Penty

Rachel Choong claimed three of those, retaining her titles in the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Rory Easton and Hope Warner were crowned European U17 mixed doubles champions, while David Hong and Ethan van Leeuwen won men’s doubles silver, with England also winning team bronze. 


December started with a bang as Michael Roe won mixed and men’s doubles gold at the Welsh International, alongside Jess Hopton and Ollie Baczala respectively.

Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore were victorious at the Irish Open, while the Adcocks returned to the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

They were not to follow up their victory from 2015, but Lane and Pugh did find themselves atop the podium with victory in the Italian International – the perfect way to round off their year. 


Ben Lane and Jess Pugh

Pictures: Badminton Photo