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Badminton: Doubles delight

Baxter and Cann both tumble out in singles

Home hopefuls suffered a disappointing day of qualifying at the Yonex All England Championships as only two doubles pairings made it through.

Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver did secure their place in the main women's draw by beating Welsh duo Caroline Harvey and Carissa Turner.

The English pairing, who received a bye in the first qualifying round, triumphed 21-12 21-9 at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

"It is always hard to play the All England, being on home turf, so there were some nerves," said Agathangelou, of Jersey afterwards.

"But we knew we were a better pair than those two. We went out and did the job quite well and we are pretty happy."

Back-to-back wins

There was also success for men's pair Andrew Ellis and Dean George, as they progressed in the doubles thanks to back-to-back victories.

They opened up with a 21-10 21-15 result against Vitaly Konov and Dmytro Zavadsky from the Ukraine before knocking out Russians Vitalij Durkin and Alexandr Nikolaenko 21-19 21-18.

However, seven other doubles pairings across all disciplines tumbled out, while there was no joy for either Carl Baxter or Elizabeth Cann in the singles.

Cann started well in the women's event by beating Canadian Anna Rice 22-20 14-21 21-14 but then lost 21-15 21-16 to Linda Zechiri of Bulgaria.

Canadian-born Baxter fell at the first hurdle in qualifying for the men's, though, going down 21-18 24-26 21-16 to Japan's Kazushi Yamada.

Source from Sky SPORTS

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