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2nd May 2011

Two titles for Langley as England pairs dominate in Portugal

NottinghamshireNottinghamshire's Alex Langley won the mixed and women's doubles titles at the Portuguese International in Caldas da Rainha this weekend.

The 19-year-old took the mixed title with Robin Middleton by beating England team-mates Ben Stawski and Lauren Smith 25-23 21-19.

Then Langley teamed up with women's doubles partner Smith to come from a game down in beating team-mates Helen Davies and Alyssa Lim 14-21 21-14 21-17.

Langley and Smith had beaten Leeds pair Sarah Milne and Jessica Fletcher 21-19 11-21 21-17 in the semi-finals while Davies and Lim knocked out top seeds Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte of Germany 25-23 21-10.

England's three semi-final pairs were all unseeded.

In the mixed doubles unseeded Stawski and Smith reached the final by knocking out Germany's top seeds Peter Kasbauer and Goliszewski 19-21 21-19 21-15, having got the better of Mark Middleton and Fletcher in the quarters 21-16 21-13.

Robin Middleton and Langley's route to the title included a 21-19 21-18 quarter-final win over second seeds Josche Zurwonne and Nelte of Germany and a semi-final victory over fourth seeds Niclas Nohr and Lena Grebak of Austria 21-10 21-15.

Interview From Badminton Europe Website

Alexandra Langley won both the mixed and womenís doubles titles at the 46th Portuguese International. The 19-year-old took the mixed doubles title with her partner Robin Middleton and in the women's doubles she and partner Lauren Smith beat their team mates David/Lim to secure her second title in Caldas da Rainha. We spoke to the Grimsby-born about the tournament in Portugal.

BADMINTON EUROPE: Alexandra, have you ever won two titles of an international tournament?

Alexandra Langley: First of all I am very happy with the tournament especially going into it unseeded and winning both events was very exciting. Both our draws were tough. In doubles we managed to retain our title but I have never won two titles before.

BE: The womenís doubles final was a very close one. Can you explain to us what have you and your partner changed after losing the first game?

Langley: In the first game both Lauren and I felt like we played well we just made many mistakes and didn't get the good start that we wanted. But when we changed ends we were very determined and positive, this showed in our play and we were able to attack a lot more.

BE: It is the first year for you playing at Seniorís stage. How would you describe the change coming as a junior player into the international elite?

Langley: This is my first year as a true senior however I played a few tournaments last year and the experience was invaluable. I feel that on the senior circuit the players are fitter, stronger and have a few more years experience at this level and above, but playing and watching these playersí means that I know what I have to take back and work on with my partners and coach.

BE: On your profile on Badminton England's website you mentioned that you love to cook. So please tell us what your most favourite self cooked meal is.

Langley: I do love to cook! I actually donít have a favourite, I will just cook everything and experiment with new reciepes all the time. The best part is eating it though!

Thanks for the interview!

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