The day started with two Scottish hopefuls in the final, unseeded Emma Mason and Mariana Agathangelou took on the top seeded Russian duo of Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina in the first final of the day. The local support rallied behind the British couple when they took a 12-11 lead early in the first set, only for the Russian pair to storm to the opening set 21-16.
The second set went much the same way as the first, with the Russian top seeds leading and refusing to let go of their lead, taking the second game 21-16 to claim the title. Marc Zweibler played Peter Mikkelsen in the Men’s Singles final, with both looking impressive on their way to the final.
Zweibler took a closely fought out first game 21-15, only for Mikkelsen to respond to take the second game by the same score but Zweibler dominated the final game and took it 21-16 to claim the Men’s Singles title.
The Men’s Doubles match turned into a fabulous encounter between the 3rd and 4th seeds, with the English 4th seeds of Middleton and Langridge taking a tight first game 21-19 and then saved 5 game points in the second but couldn’t get their own chance and lost the second game 26-24. The Danish 3rd seeds of Conrad-Petersen and Pieler Kolding dominated the third game and at 8-8 won 13 of the next 16 points to win the third game 21-11.
The mixed doubles was the most one-sided of the finals, with Valeria Sorokina and Alexander Nikolaenko defeating Raj and Renuga Veeran 21-11, 21-16 in just 23 minutes. The last match of the day pitted the top two seeds in the women’s singles against each other, with Susan Egelstaff in her first Scottish International final.
Ella Diehl dominated the opening part of the first game, only for Egelstaff to respond and from 18-17 down took the next four points to take the first game 21-18. If the first game was a nervy encounter, the second game was a precession from the 2nd seed Scot. Ella Diehl’s level dropped dramatically and Egelstaff was in commanding form as she took the second game 21-10 to win her first Scottish International title.
Susan Egelstaff and Emma Mason have kept local interests alive into Sunday’s finals day with two wins on Saturday, Susan Egelstaff defeated 8th seed Tatiana Bibik in 3 games in the quarter final then booked her place in the final with a two game victory over Switzerland’s Jeanine Cicognini.
Egelstaff will play top seed Ella Diehl in the final, after the Russian beat unseeded Turk Li Shuang in two close games in the quarters before beating 3rd seeded Linda Zechiri in three games to set up a first versus second seed final.
Przemyslaw Wacha’s quarter final matchup with Jan Vondra never took place, with the 8th seeded Czech pulling out the night before, 4th seeded Peter Mikkelsen continued his excellent run and took out the second seed at the semi final stage in two close games, winning 21-19, 21-18.
Mikkelsen will play top seeded Marc Zweibler in the final, after the German defeated 6th seeded Vladimir Malkov in two games 21-14, 21-14 followed by 7th seeded Scott Evans in three games to book his place in the final.
Emma Mason and partner Mariana Agathangelou also reached tomorrow’s Women’s Doubles final after two superb wins. The first against the 2nd seeded Danish pair of Neilsen and Ropke and then a comfortable two set win over Cooper and Ward in an all-British semi final. This will be Agathangelou’s third consecutive final in the Women’s doubles at the Scottish International.
They will play the Russian top seeds Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina, who had to come through 2 three game encounters to reach the final. The first against unseeded Dutch duo of Jonathans and Van Dooremalen, winning 21-12 in the third and against 3rd seeded Indian pair Balan and Kurian, defeating them 21-14 in the third.
Play begins at 1pm on Sunday.
Three Dutch players had an opportunity to secure success on finals day; the All-Dutch Women’s singles final would guarantee at least one Dutch winner. Play started with the Women’s Doubles with top seeded Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova playing unseeded German pairing Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier.
The top seeded Russian pair dominated through out the game, taking the match in two games 21-12, 21-17. The next match was the all-Dutch encounter between Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks in the women’s singles final. The match failed to live up to the competitive hype surrounding it, with Jie Yao winning comfortably in two games, 21-11, 21-12.
The all-German encounter between Kristoff Hopp and Johannes Schoettler against Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater was third on court, with the lower seeded Hopp and Schoettler taking the opening set, 21-13. It was a tight opening start to the second set until 5-5 when Hopp and Schoettler won five points in a row to open up a lead, a lead they took full advantage off to win the second game and the match 21-13, 21-16.
Valerina Sorokina took title number two in the mixed doubles as her and partner Alexandr Nikolaenko defeated top seeded pair Durkin and Vislova in three games, taking the final game 21-12 in the longest match of the day. Eric Pang had opportunity to double the Dutch haul in the Men’s Singles final against Chetan Anand of India.
The opening game couldn’t have gone much worse for Pang, losing the game by 21 points to 12. The dream was slowly dying for Pang, and after 33 minutes, Chetan Anand completed his ambition at the start of the week by winning the final 21-12, 21-15.
The Women’s doubles is laden with potential Asian winners, with 4 Chinese seeds and 2 Korean seeds in the top 8. 2 Danish and a Russian seeded is the only break in the Asian monopoly this year.
2007 World Championship Winners: Wei Yang and Jiewen Zhang
2008 Olympic Champions: Jing Du and Yang Yu
Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty
Last Tournament: Malaysian Open (Finalists)
2nd Round Opponents: Emelie Lennartsson and Emma Wengberg (SWE)
The top seeds are coming into the Worlds in a good vein of form. Making the last two finals they have entered (Malaysia and Indonesia), their only defeat was against the now 6th seeds Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli.
Their progression to the last 8 should be a simple one, before meeting Olympic Champions Jing Du and Yang Tu in the Quarter Finals.
Other Seeds to Watch:
Lee Kyung Won and Lee Hyo Jung
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Quarter Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Chong Sook Chin and Woon Khe Wei (MAL)
The Olympic silver medalists are hoping to go one step further this year, however this year leaves little to believe they are the duo to beat this time around. No titles in 2009 and losing out consistently to higher seeds as well as unseeded couples in the finals.
Their big test will be in the Quarter Finals against Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli.
Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli
Last Tournament: Malaysian Open (Won)
2nd Round Opponents: Laura Choinet and Weny Rahmawati (FRA)
Their names have been mentioned in the previous two reviews, they are the form couple coming into the event with their stunning win over the top seeded Malaysians. They have also won the Indian Open in the last few months, they are definitely a partnership to watch the year.
Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina
Last Tournament: White Nights (Won)
2nd Round Opponents: Liu Fan Frances and Neo Yu Yan Vanessa (SIN)
The Russian couple comes in with almost no Super Series experience out with the European legs of the event. They are regulars on the EBU Circuit and with wins in their last three outings.
Their only real point of reference for most of the couples will be their matches in the Sudirman Cup, where they won all three of their matches. The second ranked couple on the EBU rankings will be one to watch this year