Fourth seeds Lane and Pugh enjoyed a successful day on court, recording back-to-back victories to reach their second international final of the year together following on from April’s Victor Dutch International, where they finished as runners up.
The day began with a 21-15 20-22 21-17 quarter-final victory over French duo Ronan Labar and Audrey Fontaine before they backed that up with a 21-13 22-20 win over Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova of the Czech Republic in the last four.
The rising English stars will play another French pairing in Gaetan Mittelheisser and Emilie Lefel in the final after the latter brought an end to England’s Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore’s run in the other mixed doubles semi-final.
Third seeds Mairs and Moore had looking in promising form earlier on court after seeing off quarter-final opponents Jordan Corvee and Anne Tran in just over half an hour but they were then stopped at the semi-final stage, losing 21-16 21-18 to Mittelheisser and Lefel.
There was further English semi-final representation on Saturday, this time in the men’s doubles, after third seeds Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden saw off Spanish quarter-finalists Javier Suarez and Alberto Zapico 21-12 21-12.
But their hopes of reaching the final were dashed after an enthralling battle with top seeds Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard.
Briggs and Wolfenden drew first blood 21-13 but the Danes levelled after an epic second game 27-25 before wrapping up the win 21-17 in the third.
Mixed doubles finalist Pugh also took to the court in the women’s doubles earlier in the day but she and partner Cheryl Seinen were halted by eventual finallists Sayaka Hirota and Nao Ono of Japan 21-16 21-7 at the quarter-final stage.