Suffolk Saxons strike down Loughborough Lightning in dramatic AJ Bell National Badminton League fixture

Suffolk Saxons' Sean Vendy and Zoe King during the club's match against the Surrey Smashers at the I

Suffolk Saxons' Sean Vendy and Zoe King during the club's match against the Surrey Smashers at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on November 7. - Credit: sarah lucy brown

The Suffolk Saxons have now recorded back-to-back wins in English badminton’s professional league after victory in the midlands this evening.

Taking on Loughborough Lightning at the city’s university the visitors secured a 3-2 overall victory to follow up their home win over Surrey Smashers earlier this month.

After losing the men’s doubles, the evening’s first fixture, the Saxons’ Danish women’s singles player Julie Finne-Ipsen stepped in to level things up.

Johnnie Torjussen lost 3-0 in the men’s singles as Lightning went 2-1 up overall, but the Suffolk side refused to give up the fight.

Finne-Ipsen returned to the court with women’s doubles partner Sarah Walker and although things did not go to plan early on the duo managed to bounce back.

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At 2-0 down in the event another game victory would have given Loughborough an unassailable 3-1 lead overall, but Finne-Ipsen and Walker pulled off a remarkable comeback to win 3-2 and level the fixture two events each.

With two points in the bag but the fate of the night still in the balance Sean Vendy, who had already played in the men’s doubles, teamed up with new signing Fee Teng Liew for the mixed doubles.

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As with the women’s doubles it looked as though the hosts were going to stride to victory as they went 2-0 up.

But again the Saxons benefitted from a duo who could turn things around when the going got tough; three straight game wins capped off a thrilling night of badminton and, importantly, secured an overall 3-2 win for Suffolk.

Extended highlights of the game will be shown on BT Sport this Thursday at 8pm.

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