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.
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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