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Year in Review 2017: Part three


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 third lookback covering July, August and September.

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


July was one to remember for Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden as they claimed the Canada Open title in what was their first Grand Prix final.

The English pair, seeded eighth, defeated Kim Won Ho and Seung Jae Seo in three games to take their place atop the podium – donning cowboy hats in the process!

Later in the month, Ben Lane and Jess Pugh reached the semi-finals of the US Open, a tournament that saw them record one of the most standout wins of their fledgling careers.

In the very first round, they defeated Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy – their first win over an established world top 20 pair. 

Lane and Pugh


August saw the World Championships return to British soil as the best in the business descended on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

It proved a tournament to remember for Chris and Gabby Adcock as they won their first world medal as a pair with bronze in the mixed doubles – Chris’ second at that level having won silver with Scotland’s Imogen Bankier in 2011.

During their time north of the border, the Adcocks reached a career-best world ranking of fourth.

Adcocks WC 


September’s English National Championships belonged to the Lane family, with brothers Alex and Ben crowned champions in the men’s singles and mixed doubles respectively – the latter alongside Pugh.

The Lanes were among six players to win their career-defining first national titles in the 2017, with Wolfenden and Briggs winning the men’s doubles and Chloe Birch winning the women’s singles.

Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker were victorious in the women’s doubles, a success that marked Smith’s fifth title on the trot.

Earlier in the month, Toby Penty triumphed at the Kharkiv International, while Jenny Moore and Viki Williams won gold at the Polish International.

Pictures: Badminton Photo