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England’s top teenage badminton players descended on the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes for a weekend of high-quality competition at the U17s National Championships.

The two-day event consisted of a jam-packed first day of matches before the semi-finals and finals took place on Sunday.

Matilda Franklin had a hectic second day, qualifying for all three possible semi-finals. But a tight turnaround between games saw the Nottingham-based player fall short in two.

Franklin partnered with Hugh Simpson in the mixed doubles to beat Aarav Sujith and Sofie Chong in straight games and move on to the final.

But the pair were beaten at the last hurdle in a well-fought 18-21, 22-20, 13-21 defeat to second seeds Lucy Dodd and Daniel Kemp.

In the girls’ singles, Sia Pandit beat Franklin in a three-game semi-final before facing number three seed Lila Dundas in the final. And Dundas took the crown with a convincing 21-13, 21-15 win.

Daniel Wykes claimed gold in the boy’s singles after bouncing back from a difficult first set.

The 16-year-old lost the first game 21-11 against Oliver Wu before forcing a decider with a 21-19 win in the second and comfortably sealing the title 21-10.Embed picture 1200x410 1

Top seeds David Ng And Ivan Tan cruised to victory in the boy’s doubles, proving their dominance with some well-executed matches.

The pair put their singles defeats behind them and didn’t drop a game as they claimed the boy’s doubles national title in style with a 21-17 21-13 win over Vlad Lewis and Zach Sturgess.

Lucy Brierley and Grace Sachdeva were the final winners of the competition, crowned champions in the girls’ doubles with a resounding victory over Anna Kalathil George and Rajvi Parab.

Sachdeva had fallen to defeat earlier in the day in the girl’s singles but found her fame alongside Brierley in a 21-11, 21-12 win.

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