Smith/Birch Surprise Again – Day 1: European Games
Smith (left) and Birch defeat Danish pair again.

Smith/Birch Surprise Again – Day 1: European Games

It was a successful day for Team GB’s Chloe Birch on Day 1 of the European Games in Minsk, Belarus, teaming up with Lauren Smith to defeat top seeds Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen of Denmark 21-12 21-18 in their women’s doubles Group A clash and then backing up in the women’s singles Group H with a win against against Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet11-21 22-20 21-15.

The win for Smith and Birch is their second over the Danish pair in as many meetings after they caused an upset at the Sudirman Cup in May.

https://twitter.com/BadmintonEnglnd/status/1143167831544086529

Birch was equally happy with her singles effort.

“Sabrina is a tough opponent and to get that win and to get off to a good start is always good.

“I got off to a bit of a slow start. We have been working on tactics for the arena and in the second and third set it paid off for me, so I am happy,” she said.

https://twitter.com/BadmintonEnglnd/status/1143062863831060480

Other Matches

Russian silver medallists from Baku 2015, Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Ivan Sozonov, defeated Kaisti Anton/Larkimo Oskari of Finland in their men’s doubles opener, as they strive to go one better this time around in Minsk.

Sozonov said post-match of their Group C encounter:

“It’s a very good start for us. We now have a good advantage [in the Group] and it was an easy win for us today.

Sozonov and Ivanov looking for redemption at European Games.

“Of course, we want to take revenge here. It is a different Danish pair this time. But just as powerful in Kim [Astrup] and Anders [Skaarup Rasmussen].

“There are so many good pairs here. Germany is looking strong and there are chances for a lot of pairs to win.”

Full Results: https://bit.ly/2X3F6qe

Read More via Badminton Europe

For Live Coverage go to the Olympic Channel.