World Championships round-up: Lane and Vendy’s remarkable run

August 26, 2022

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy’s run at the 2022 Total Energies BWF Badminton World Championships came to an end at the quarterfinals stage, as they could not repeat their third-round heroics.

The long-term duo pulled off the result of the tournament so far defeating top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo before tasting defeat in the last eight. 

Other English involvement came in the form of Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore making the second round of the mixed doubles with Toby Penty in men’s singles action. 

Lane and Vendy came into the competition at the second-round stage and swiftly recorded a straight-games win over Bjarne Geiss and Jan Colin Voelker of Germany. 

The 25 and 26-year-olds took the lead for the first time at 8-7 and never relinquished it, winning the first game 21-15, before dominating the second game to win 21-10. 

The duo would spend even less time on court as they came up against the World No.1s, winning in 26 minutes. 

Lane and Vendy took two game points to win the first but were comfortable as they kept Gideon and Sukamuljo at bay, winning 21-15. 

In the second game, the England pair were dominant, winning nine points in a row to secure the win 21-9. 

Advancing to the quarterfinals, Lane and Vendy met fellow Indonesian pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. 

The fifth seeds came through 21-11 21-16 with the Commonwealth Games silver medallists not able to match their performance against Gideon and Sukamuljo. 

In the mixed doubles, Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore reached the second as they enjoyed a straight games victory over Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan of India. 

The second game was much more of a battle, as Prasad and Dewangan won five points in a row with Mairs and Moore on match point, before the England pair prevailed 23-21 to advance to the next round. 

There they faced 11th seeds Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie of Malaysia falling to a 13-21 18-21 defeat as Goh and Lai kept Mairs and Moore at bay in the first game. 

In the second game, the North West duo relinquished a six-point advantage at 12-6 before the lead changed hands several times. 

Goh and Lai eventually closed out the game 21-18 before tasting defeat at the quarter-finals stages to Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan. 

Toby Penty lost a one-hour battle with Lu Guang Zu of China to end his involvement in the men’s singles in the first round.

Coming up against the world no.24, the 30-year-old from Walton-on-Thames fought back from a game down to force a decider, but ultimately succumbed to a 21-9, 13-21, 21-14 defeat. 

In the first game, Lu opened up a seven-point gap to 9-2 only for Penty to win three consecutive points, but from there, the former Canada Open champion stay composed. 

The second game saw the lead change hands several times before Penty claimed eight points in a row, closing out the game at the first time of asking to take it to a final game decider. 

In the third game, Lu kept a battling Penty out of reach to advance to the second round where he came unstuck against the 15th seed Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan.