Alex and Ben Lane played the Langenfeld Cup in Germany this weekend. This is the first event of the season and featured the top juniors in Europe.
Ben took the under 15 singles title after a string of nail biting close wins. Ben won the two group matches in his qualifying box to reach the knock out stage. He first beat Casper Storm (DEN) 21-19 23-21, then faced number 1 seed Jeppe Bay Madsen (DEN) and Ben knocked out the favourite with a 22-20 21-19 win. In the semi Ben faced Simon Wang GER and won in three sets 21-12 19-21 21-19 to reach the final against another German David Peng the no.2 seed, Ben came back from a set down to win 18-21 21-19 21-17 to claim the title.
In mixed Ben and Jess Pugh reached the qtr before losing to Jeppe Bay Madsen/ Mia Blichfeld 16-21 21-16 22-20. In boys doubles Ben’s partner Sean Vendy is U17 so Ben played in the higher age group. Ben and Sean won their opening match before losing to the strong Danish pair Gemke/Antonsen 21-16 21-18. Ben now has only a few days before playing the UK School Games, Visions Dan Chow also represents England at the multisport event in Sheffield.
Alex Lane played the U17 events and put in a superbly consistent performance. In singles Alex reached the quarter final with relative ease and in the quarter beat Lars Schanzler GER 21-16 23-21. In the semi Alex was edged out by Dane Peter Correl 21-19 23-21.
Alex and Chloe Birch reached the mixed semi final but were forced to concede a walkover when Chloe was injured before the match. In mens doubles Alex and Sam Parsons had a three set win in the quarter over Schmidt/Suder DEN 21-9 19-21 21-10 and then won the semifinal against Heriau/Mittelhauser 21-16 17-21 21-15. In the final they came close to the title before losing to Denmarks Viktor Svendon Mads Sorenson 15-21 22-20 21-10.
A gold for Ben and a silver and 2 bronze for Alex made a great start to an important season for the boys.