Lauren Williams: GB fighter bows out in World Grand Slam Series quarters

Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams (right) is a former world junior champion

European champion Lauren Williams lost in the quarter-finals of the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Slam Series.

Williams, 18, had been hoping to follow fellow Great Britain athlete Bianca Walkden, who won +67kg gold and the £52,000 record prize fund in Wuxi, China, on 30 December, 2017.

The Blackwood teenager won her opening last 16 contest in the -67kg division against China's Pan Gao 32-29.

But Williams lost 11-10 to Yunfei Guo, also from China, in the next round.

World Championships silver medallist Mahama Cho (+80kg) and 2016 World Grand Prix Final winner Charlie Maddock (-49kg) will fight on 13 January.

Double Olympic champion Jade Jones bids for the -57kg title on 20 January.

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