Liam Pitchford & Paul Drinkhall’s run at the WTT Star Contender European Summer Series in Budapest ended in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals.
After two games against China’s Liang Jingkun & Lin Gaoyuan, the match was delicately poised, Pitchford & Drinkhall having levelled.
But the Chinese were able to hold them at arm’s length in the next two games to seal a vicroey and a place in the final against Cho Daeseong & Lee Sangsu of South Korea.
However, the run will put the English pair in good heart for the upcoming defence of their Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Liang Jingkun & Lin Gaoyuan (CHN) bt Liam PItchford & Paul Drinkhall 3-1 (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6)