Lauren Smith
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Personal information
CountryEngland
Born (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 31)
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachJulian Robertson
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking12 (WD with Chloe Birch 25 January 2022)
7 (XD with Marcus Ellis 21 June 2018)
Current ranking20 (WD with Chloe Birch)
15 (XD with Marcus Ellis) (15 November 2022)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Great Britain
European Games
Gold medal – first place 2019 Minsk Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2019 Minsk Women's doubles
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed team
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2021 Kyiv Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2021 Kyiv Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Kolding Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Huelva Mixed doubles
European Mixed Team Championships
Silver medal – second place 2015 Leuven Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Moscow Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Lubin Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Milan Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Milan Mixed team
BWF profile

Lauren Smith (born 26 September 1991) is an English badminton player.[1] She competed for England in the women's doubles and mixed team events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze and silver medal respectively.[2] In 2016, she represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[3]

Teamed-up with Gabby Adcock, she won the women's doubles gold medals at the English National Badminton Championships in 2013 and 2014.[4][5] In 2015 and 2016, she also won the women's doubles title partnered with Heather Olver.[6]

Smith qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2019 European Games, played in the women's doubles with Chloe Birch and in the mixed doubles with Marcus Ellis. Competed as the unseeded and second seeds in the women's and mixed doubles event respectively, she reached the finals in both events.[7] She and Birch managed to claim the silver medal after lose a match to Dutch pair in the rubber games.[8] She then claimed the mixed doubles gold medal with Ellis; they beat their compatriots Chris Adcock and Gabby Adcock by the score 21–14, 21–9.[9]

Career

Smith played at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the women's doubles with Chloe Birch and in the mixed doubles with Marcus Ellis. At the Games, she was eliminated in the group stage and quarter-finals respectively.[10] It was also revealed by the Olympic committee that she is dating her partner Marcus.

Achievements

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith at the German Open 2022
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith at the German Open 2022

Commonwealth Games

The six medallists in the women's badminton doubles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Left to right: Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith (England), Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan (Malaysia), Treesa Jolly and Gayathri Gopichand (India).
The six medallists in the women's badminton doubles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Left to right: Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith (England), Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan (Malaysia), Treesa Jolly and Gayathri Gopichand (India).

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
England Gabby Adcock Malaysia Lai Pei Jing
Malaysia Lim Yin Loo
16–21, 21–15, 21–16
Bronze
Bronze
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
England Sarah Walker Malaysia Chow Mei Kuan
Malaysia Vivian Hoo
12–21, 12–21
Silver
Silver
2022 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England England Chloe Birch Malaysia Pearly Tan
Malaysia Thinaah Muralitharan
5–21, 8–21
Silver
Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
England Marcus Ellis England Chris Adcock
England Gabby Adcock
21–19, 17–21, 16–21
Silver
Silver
2022 National Exhibition Centre,
Birmingham, England
England Marcus Ellis Singapore Terry Hee
Singapore Tan Wei Han
16–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

European Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club,
Minsk, Belarus
United Kingdom Chloe Birch Netherlands Selena Piek
Netherlands Cheryl Seinen
21–14, 13–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club,
Minsk, Belarus
United Kingdom Marcus Ellis United Kingdom Chris Adcock
United Kingdom Gabby Adcock
21–14, 21–9
Gold
Gold

European Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Sydbank Arena,
Kolding, Denmark
England Sarah Walker Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
15–21, 15–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports,
Kyiv, Ukraine
England Chloe Birch Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
14–21, 19–21
Silver
Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín,
Huelva, Spain
England Marcus Ellis Denmark Mathias Christiansen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
16–21, 21–19, 12–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports,
Kyiv, Ukraine
England Marcus Ellis Russia Rodion Alimov
Russia Alina Davletova
21–11, 16–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

European Junior Championships

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Federal Technical Centre - Palabadminton,
Milan, Italy
England Ben Stawski Netherlands Jacco Arends
Netherlands Selena Piek
6–21, 14–21
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Tour (6 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[11] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[12]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Orléans Masters Super 100 England Chloe Birch Chinese Taipei Hsu Ya-ching
Chinese Taipei Hu Ling-fang
21–18, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 England Chloe Birch China Liu Xuanxuan
China Xia Yuting
16–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Swiss Open Super 300 England Marcus Ellis Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Isabel Herttrich
20–22, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Canada Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Isabel Herttrich
21–13, 21–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Spain Masters Super 300 England Marcus Ellis Denmark Niclas Nøhr
Denmark Sara Thygesen
19–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Dutch Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis France Thom Gicquel
France Delphine Delrue
21–15, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis China Lu Kai
China Chen Lu
19–21, 21–18, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Scottish Open Super 100 England Marcus Ellis Netherlands Jacco Arends
Netherlands Selena Piek
13–6 retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Syed Modi International Super 300 England Marcus Ellis Russia Rodion Alimov
Russia Alina Davletova
18–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Thailand Masters Super 300 England Marcus Ellis Indonesia Hafiz Faizal
Indonesia Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja
21–16, 13–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 2 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Scottish Open England Heather Olver Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
7–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Canada Open England Heather Olver Australia Setyana Mapasa
Australia Gronya Somerville
15–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Dutch Open England Marcus Ellis Netherlands Jacco Arends
Netherlands Selena Piek
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (13 titles, 14 runners-up)

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Portugal International England Alexandra Langley Belgium Steffi Annys
Belgium Severine Corvilain
13–21, 21–13, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Portugal International England Alexandra Langley England Helen Davies
England Alyssa Lim
14–21, 21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Turkiye Open England Alexandra Langley Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
14–21, 21–16, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Welsh International England Alexandra Langley Malaysia Ng Hui Ern
Malaysia Ng Hui Lin
16–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Denmark International England Gabrielle White Denmark Line Damkjær Kruse
Denmark Marie Røpke
18–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Welsh International England Gabrielle White Scotland Jillie Cooper
Scotland Kirsty Gilmour
21–7, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Welsh International England Heather Olver England Sophie Brown
England Kate Robertshaw
21–11, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Austrian International England Heather Olver Indonesia Suci Rizky Andini
Indonesia Maretha Dea Giovani
14–21, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Orleans International England Heather Olver Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
20–22, 21–16, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Finnish Open England Heather Olver France Delphine Lansac
France Émilie Lefel
21–13, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Kharkiv International England Heather Olver Thailand Jongkongphan Kittiharakul
Thailand Rawinda Prajongjai
18–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Welsh International England Heather Olver Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
10–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 USA International England Heather Olver Thailand Puttita Supajirakul
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
18–21, 21–19, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Orleans International England Heather Olver France Delphine Delrue
France Léa Palermo
21–19, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Peru International England Heather Olver Germany Johanna Goliszewski
Germany Carla Nelte
18–21, 21–19, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Belgian International England Chloe Birch Denmark Julie Finne-Ipsen
Denmark Rikke Søby Hansen
24–22, 18–21, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Czech International England Sarah Walker Bulgaria Mariya Mitsova
Bulgaria Petya Nedelcheva
21–12, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Czech Open England Sarah Walker Japan Erina Honda
Japan Nozomi Shimizu
13–21, 21–14, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Czech Open England Chloe Birch France Émilie Lefel
France Anne Tran
21–14, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Denmark International England Chloe Birch Japan Saori Ozaki
Japan Akane Watanabe
13–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Azerbaijan International England Chloe Birch Russia Ekaterina Bolotova
Russia Alina Davletova
21–18, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Kharkiv International England Chloe Birch Canada Rachel Honderich
Canada Kristen Tsai
21–14, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Dutch Open England Chloe Birch Netherlands Debora Jille
Netherlands Cheryl Seinen
10–5 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Portugal International England Ben Stawski England Robin Middleton
England Alexandra Langley
23–25, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Turkiye Open England Ben Stawski England Chris Coles
England Jessica Fletcher
21–19, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Polish Open England Ben Stawski England Nathan Robertson
England Jenny Wallwork
15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Italian International England Marcus Ellis England Ben Lane
England Jessica Pugh
21–16, 19–21, 4–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

References

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