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Young guns impress in Russia

England’s young lions finished in 11th spot at the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships, improving their 14th place finish in 2018.

The squad got off to a strong start in Kazan, finishing second in Group D, with a 5-0 whitewash over Portugal and a 4-1 victory against Sweden.

England then overcame Switzerland in the final stage 9-16 matches 3-0 before losing out to Malaysia by the same score line. The young guns then beat a strong India team in a close series of on-court battles, 3-2.

It saw them finish the week in 11th position – a strong and solid performance from the team.

Progress

In the individual events, England reached the men’s doubles quarter finals – the first time in five years!

It was fifth seeds, Rory Easton and Ethan Van Leeuwen that progressed to the latter stages of the week. They missed out on a semi-final spot after losing to Indoneisan second seeds, Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin, 21-13, 21-11.

This came after they had overcome tough Indian opponents Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam, 16-21, 21-17, 21-14 in the last 16.

Easton also reached the last 16 with mixed doubles partner Hope Warner. They fell to Hong Kong pairing Ko Shing Hei and Yeung Pui Lam, 21-9, 21-11.

In the men’s doubles, fourth seeds William Jones and Brandon Yap put up a great fight against Chinese duo Liu De Wei and Zheng Xun Jin, losing 21-16, 17-21, 21-16.

There were some impressive displays of skill, talent and teamwork on display throughout the two-week stint in Russia from England’s young side who now focus and work hard towards the final events of the year.

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