England beat Canada in the quarter-finals | Jobi Cool


England stormed into the last four of the Commonwealth Games mixed team tournament with a 3-0 win over Canada in Birmingham.

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith overcame a disappointing loss to Singapore on Saturday to bounce back in style with a straight sets victory in the mixed doubles.

The win set the perfect foundation to help England progress to the next round where they will face Malaysia.

Ellis admitted his confidence had been dented by the duo’s loss to Singapore on Saturday, but showed little sign of it as he cruised past Ty Lindemann and Josephine Wu 21-12, 21-9 alongside Smith.

“Our confidence took a bit of a hit after yesterday because it was a pretty comfortable loss and we didn’t expect it,” Ellis said.

“So to come out today and do it against a strong Canadian team, it’s only a positive thing.

“We knew we could play a lot better than yesterday and I think personally we were very disappointed with our performances.

“To get another chance today, to come out and show people the positive side, we’re very happy with that.”

Their stunning opening rubber victory was backed by men’s singles seed Toby Penty, who claimed a hard-fought 21-19, 21-19 victory over Brian Young that put England firmly in the driving seat.

Penty looked to be on a run in the second leg but Young launched a mini-comeback to save the three points before the Cherts shuttler finished the job to a huge roar in the stands.

After the win, he thanked the Birmingham crowd.

“I needed it,” Penty admitted to cheers from the crowd. “I was going through a few scenarios and trying to stay calm.

“I’ve definitely had those positions before and it’s been different, so it’s nice to actually cross the line this time.”

It was then left to Sean Wendy and Ben Lane to complete the quarter-finals in style and they duly did with a 21-17, 21-12 men’s doubles win over Adam Dong and Neil Yakura.

That meant both Freya Patel-Redfern and Chloe Birch progressed without picking up their rackets on Sunday and the pair, along with Calum Hemming, should be fresh ahead of Monday’s semi-final clash with Malaysia.

Smith will now hope to take a lot of confidence from the team’s performance as they head into a tough test against the 2018 Commonwealth silver medallists.

“If you look at the momentum we had in the second game, that’s what I would call a groove,” Smith said.

“Today we came out with a fresh mindset, let yesterday go out of our minds. We really stamped our reputation and hopefully that will help the team with a bit of momentum.

“Whatever happens on the court, we have to have more presence. If we are depressed, we still have to show them that we are fighting.”

“Being on this center court is pretty special,” Ellis added.

“Every tournament we’ve been to in the past has never, ever been like this with a center court where the seats surround the court.

“The atmosphere is something we haven’t experienced before and it’s really amazing.”





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