Alison Waters and Adrian Waller claimed mixed doubles silver after being beaten in the first of a run of finals for a pair enjoying a memorable week.

The experienced pair went down in straight sets against New Zealand's Joelle King and Paul Coll, who upgraded the bronze they won on the Gold Coast four years ago with a 11-3, 11-6 success.

Waters admitted walking away with silver exceeded the pair's expectations and they are each guaranteed to at least match that achievement on the final day of the Commonwealth Games following their respective men's and women's doubles finals.

“At the start of the week, if you'd said we were going to get a silver in the mixed doubles, we would have taken that," Waters said.

"We played well to get to that final so we definitely deserved it. It's an amazing feeling to come away with the silver medal."

This is the second Commonwealth silver Waters has won in the mixed doubles and comes eight years after her first, which she won alongside Peter Barker at Glasgow 2014.

She came out of retirement to feature in these Games at the age of 38 and goes for gold alongside Sarah-Jane Perry, herself a women's singles bronze medallist earlier in the week, at noon on Monday.

King again stands in the way, this time alongside Amanda Landers-Murphy, as the pair who triumphed on the Gold Coast look to defend their title.

Waller, meanwhile, teams up with Daryl Selby in a tantalising all-English final against James Willstrop and Declan James and hopes to shift his attention quickly following tonight's defeat.

"They played a great match, so we can't complain. They've thoroughly deserved it.

"In that sense, it's not that disappointing to know the other players played a great game.

"It's an opportunity that we've missed, but we’ve both still got tomorrow [in respective men’s and women’s doubles finals]. 

"We can keep our heads held high as we look forward to those."