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Evans' quest begins well


favourite Scott Evans got his quest for European Games badminton gold off to a flying start by taking just 24 minutes to beat Georgios Charalamibidis 21-7, 21-9.

Evans, who is the top-ranked player competing in Baku at number 23 in the world, tops group A having won his first of three games, with the top two progressing to the last 16.

Chloe Magee and Sam Magee got their mixed doubles campaign off to a winning start, beating Czech pair Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova 21-11, 19-21, 21-14. Magee didn't fare so well in the singles, losing 18-21, 17-21 to Estonia's Katie Tolmoff. Brothers Joshua and Sam Magee were also beaten in the men's doubles while there was also disappointment for Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle, who lost 15-21, 15-21 to a Finnish pair.