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Lauren SMITH on court Belgian International

Agony as Smith and Langley fall in Madrid semi-finals

Portuguese International winners Alex Langley and Lauren Smith surged through to the semi-finals at the Spanish International in Madrid before going agonisingly close to toppling world No 18s Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid.

The England pair beat Spain's Laura Molina and Haidee Ojeda 21-13 21-13 in today's quarter-finals.

And in the evening session they won the opening game against the German-born Grether and Canadian Reid 21-13 and were on the brink of victory in the second before the second seeds and world No 18s snatched it 23-21 and then took the decider 21-15.

Alexandra LANGLEY Toulouse OpenChris Coles and Matthew Nottingham's impressive run in the men's doubles came to an end in the quarter-finals.

The European junior champions were beaten in another close contest by Croatia's Zvonimir Holbling and Zvonimir Durkinjak 14-21 21-10 21-19.



European junior champions Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham are through to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles a the Spanish International in Madrid.

The teenagers beat Austria’s David Obernoster and Roman Zirnwald 21-18 14-21 21-18 in the opening round today then knocked out Vicente Martinez and Alejandro Villar
21-14 21-13.

Coles and Nottingham now meet Zvonimir Bolbling and Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia.

England’s Ben Stawski and Scotland’s Paul Van Rietvelde had a first-round walkover  but then faced Polish second seeds Adam Cwalina and Michal Logosz and went down 21-10 21-14.

Coles also came through his opening match in the mixed doubles with Jessica Fletcher. But it was close. They edged past Marco Satrustegui and Blanca Ibeas of Spain 22-24 21-14 23-21 to earn the dubious reward of a clash with Danish top seeds Mikkel Delbo Larsen and Mie Schjott-Kristensen. But the England youngsters gave a good account of themselves despite losing 21-14 21-14.

Nottingham and Alex Langley also had a tight win over Swiss pair Thomas Heiniger and Sanya Herzig 23-21 21-19 but then went out against Belgian pair Jonathan Gillis and Sabine Devooght. Nottingham and Langley started well, taking the first game 21-19 but the Belgians ht back to go through 21-13 21-18.

Stawski and Lauren Smith won their opener 21-14 21-17 against Roman Zirnwald and Elizabeth Baldauf of Austria and then came within a couple of points of knocking out second seeds Toby Ng and Grace Gao in the last match of the night.

Stawski and Smith took the opener 21-17 but the Canadians took the second game 21-16 before snatching victory 22-20.

In the women’s doubles Sarah Milne and Jessica Fletcher won a tense opening contest 21-17 10-21 23-21 against Grace Gao and Germany’s Alina Hammes to earn a second-round crack at fourth seeds Kim Buss and Claudia Vogelsang of Germany. And the Leeds pair put up a bold fight before being edged out 25-23 21-19.

World championship wild cards and Portugal Internatonal champions Smith and Alex Langley defeated Belgium’s Janne Elst and Jelske Snoeck 23-21 21-11 to get their challenge off to a solid start. And they followed that up by beating  third seeds Cynthia Gonzalez and Victoria Montero of Mexico 21-11 21-15.

Helen Davies and Croatia’s Stasa Poznanovic also came through the first round, beating Spain’s Ibeas and Laia  Oset 21-13 21-19. That earned them a contest against top seeds Lotte Jonathans and Paulien Van Dooremalen of Holland.

Earlier in the day National champion Nicola Cerfontyne fell in the first round of the women's singles to Ireland’s Chloe Magee 21-16 21-15. Milne and Panuga Riou, who both came through the qualifying rounds, also went out in the first round. Riou lost to American fourth seed Malaysia Cee Nantana Keptura 21-16 21-13 while Milne went down  21-19 21-7 against Spain’s Beatriz Carrales.
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