Sarah Borwell and Ken Skupski took bronze in the mixed doubles this evening in an all-England three-setter.
The third seeds came from a set down to beat fourth seeds Anna Smith and Ross Hutchins 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
This was the second medal for English tennis at the Commonwealth Games after Hutchins and Skupski won silver in the men’s doubles.
But there was no sign that their efforts yesterday evening had dented either man’s desire to win another.
Skupski said: “It doesn't take away the intensity, it gives an edge to it. Myself and Ross have gotten a lot closer over the last week, which has been nice, but you have to be professional as there’s a medal at stake.”
There was no less desire from Borwell. “In tennis when you lose you have another chance next week but this was a one-off opportunity and probably the only chance I’ll ever have to win a medal,” she said.
She added: “It’s been an amazing week and to take away a bronze medal is incredible.”
Down a set, Borwell and Skupski began their comeback when they broke Smith’s serve to go 5-3 up in the second set and served out to level at one a-piece.
They took control in the third set, breaking Smith’s serve in the third game and again at 4-2, leaving Borwell to serve for the match.
Smith said: “We didn't play as well as yesterday, where I thought we played really well. But today we missed quite a few close points. We had chances, but somehow we couldn’t win.
“They didn’t miss many first serves, but I struggled on my serve.”
Borwell said the conditions on Court one at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex made the match all the more memorable.
“It was a really exciting match made even more exciting by the bugs,” she said. “I’ve never had conditions like this before, it’s unique. I’m glad I am not scared of cockroaches, if it was spiders I’d probably refuse to play.”