April 17 - England's hopes of turning bronze into silver or better ended in disappointment in the Yonex European Badminton Championships at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester today.
Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork made a spirited second-game comeback before going down to second seeds Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk of Poland in the mixed doubles semi-finals.
The England pair lost 21-18 18-21 21-9.
Later in the afternoon Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver had to settle for their bronze medal after going down to top seeds Petya Nedelcheva, of Bulgaria, and Anastasia Russkikh, of Russia, 21-18 21-13 in the women's doubles semi-final.
And three-times English National champion and fourth seed Rajiv Ouseph (pictured) lost his men's singles semi-final to second seed and Denmark's 2008 bronze medallist Jan O. Jorgensen 21-14 22-20 despite having led 19-16 in the second game.
That meant England had to settle for three bronze medals while Denmark are chasing gold in both singles through Peter Gade and Tine Rasmussen as well as gold in the mixed doubles with Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl.
The women's doubles is the only event they cannot win, having had to settle for a bronze.
They are already assured men's doubles gold in a repeat of the Yonex All England final as Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen take on Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen.
Tickets are still available for tomorrow's finals with the programme of entertainment starting at 12 noon with the Schools Finals followed by a music set by former English National doubles champion Suzanne Rayappan.
The first final is scheduled for 2pm.
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