Badminton: England undone by the unexpected

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England suffered a series of shocks, which ended with both their men and women failing to reach the World Team Finals for the first time at Glasgow yesterday, writes James Leigh. Both were seeded to go to the eight-nation finals in Jakarta in May but instead the men went down 3-2 to Finland, who had never before qualified, and the women lost 4-1 to Sweden. The men were without their No 1, Darren Hall, who had a back injury, and the women lacked their No 1, Joanne Muggeridge, and Gill Clark, but England's manager, Ciro Ciniglio, had no sympathy. 'I am not going to the Commonwealth Games with some of the players whose performances I have seen here,' he said.