The day threatened to be a precession of English victories, that turned out not to be the case in Lisburn as a double defeat ensured just two titles for England on finals day.
Mills and Olver first final was the mixed doubles, which turned out to be one of the most one-sided of the completed matches. Their 21-19, 21-17 victory over Khodabux and Piek ensured at least one title for the English pair as they took on their level doubles finals later in the day. There was a shock brewing in the women’s singles, as teenager Carolina Marin took the opening game against Pai Hsiao Ma before the Chinese Taipei player found her form and completed a comeback in 58 minutes, winning 12-21, 21-19, 21-7.
Rajiv Ouseph claimed his second title in three weeks, albeit through a retirement from Przemyslaw Wacha at the second game interval. The match was never close as the Englishman took the title 21-15 and was leading 11-5 in the second game. The Malaysian’s Ng and Ng claimed their second title in two games with a victory over Olver and Agathangelou after dropping in the opening game, however faught back to take the title 14-21, 21-16, 21-11. Peter Mills also failed in his quest for two titles this week as he partnered Marcus Ellis, but the Polish top seeds of Cwalina and Logosz were too strong on the day, winning 21-15, 21-15 to take the men’s doubles title.
The three week stretch of the European Tour of Scotland, Wales and Ireland has featured a lot of the same names throughout, with the English squad dominating in Ireland this week.
Rajiv Ouseph has already won the Scottish International recently and will hope for title number 2 against the Pole Przemyslaw Wacha in tomorrow’s final. It will be their fourth meeting, with Wacha claiming victory in all of their previous meetings. Ouseph defeated Ville Lang and Mathieu Lo Ying Ping to ensure his place in the final whilst Wacha beat two seeds in Dicky Palyama and Dmytro Zavadsky to reach the final. Spanish teenager Carolina Marin is through the women’s singles final against Pai Hsiao Ma of Chinese Taipei, with Marin defeating the 3rd seeded Linda Zechiri to reach the final. The 4th seeded Pai defeated the top seeded Pi Hongyan in her semi final match in two games to book her place against Marin tomorrow.
The Malaysian pair of Ng and Ng have had a successful run of recently with a victory in Wales last week and beaten finalists in Scotland the week before. Their opponents in tomorrow’s final is the 3rd seeded Agathangelou and Olver, who defeated the top seeded Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in the semi finals. Ellis and Mills will also hope to go one better than in Glasgow two weeks previously in the men’s doubles final as the unseeded pair take on the top seeded Logosz and Cwalina, who have been on court just 63 minutes on route to tomorrow’s final. The mixed doubles final sees two unseeded pairs with Ellis and Olver reaching their seconds finals of the week, where they will take on the Dutch pair of Khodabux and Piek tomorrow.
Line Kjaersfeldt’s week finished with a flourish but Rajiv Ouseph’s stunning display in the men’s singles was the highlight of the week in Glasgow.
Ouseph’s 21-18, 21-10 victory was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, with Baxter unable to break down the English #1 and put up any sort of resistance to stop Ouseph claiming his second Scottish Open title, without the loss of a game in the progress. Sweden’s Wengberg and Lennartsson put their 2008 defeat in the final behind them to claim the women’s doubles title in another one sided match against the Malaysian pair of Ng and Ng, with the 2nd seeds winning 21-7, 21-13 in 34 minutes. Russia’s top seeded Ivanov and Sozonov defeated last year’s winning pair of Ellis and Mills to claim the men’s doubles title in their most impressive performance of the week, claiming the title 21-19, 21-19.
Line Kjaersfeldt partnered Kim Astrup Sorensen to a stunning upset of the top seeded Polish pair Szkudlarczyk and Wojtkowska in the longest match of the day lasting exactly an hour with the Danish 8th seeds winning 15-21, 21-15, 21-13 to take the mixed doubles title. Kjaersfeldt was also in the women’s doubles final, taking on the 5th seeded Judith Meulendijks of Holland. The 17-year old Dane was playing her 27th and 28th game of the week and the fatigue of the long week had clearly caught up with her as the 5th seeded Meulendijks was rarely tested in her 21-9, 21-19 in just 28 minutes.
It was a day of surprises in Glasgow, with two of the top seeds crashing out today but there were no surprises in the men’s singles with Rajiv Ouseph reaching the final with the loss of just one game.
Ouseph was clinical in his 21-17, 21-4 victory over Mathieu Lo Ping Ying of France to set up an all-English final against Carl Baxter who was impressive in his victories over Yuhan Tan and Christian Lind Thomsen, with both players being higher seeded than the 14th seeded Englishman. It will be their 3rd meeting but the first for over two years, with Ouseph claiming both victories in two games in their 2009 and 2006 meetings.
Judith Meulendijks claimed a famous win over Linda Zechiri in the women’s singles semi finals, with the Bulgarian top seed losing out in a three-game 58-minute match. The star of the week has been Line Kjaersfeldt, the world number 311 has been in stunning form this week to reach the final of the singles and the mixed doubles after a massive physical toll today. She defeated Larisa Griga, the 2nd seeded Ukrainian in her fourth match of the day after winning the previous three, but 11 games in just over 7 hours will be a massive drain physically ahead of her two finals tomorrow.
Kjaersfeldt and Sorensen take on the top seeded Poles of Szkudlarczyk and Wojtkowska in the mixed doubles final, with the Danish pair ending Scottish hopes in their semi final win over Briggs and Cooper of Scotland whilst the Danes ended any chance of an all-Danish final with their victory over Colberg and Poulsen. The women’s doubles final is between the 4th seeded Ng and Ng of Malaysia and the 2nd seeded Wengberg and Lennartsson of Sweden, with both pairs coming into the final without either losing a game to date this week. The men’s doubles final is between the top seeded Ivanov and Sozonov and last years winners, Ellis and Mills of England. Both pairs have needed three games to reach the final to set up a third encounter with the English pairing hoping to reverse the scoreline from their most recent matchup at the world championships in August where they lost in two games.
The treacherous conditions outside the arena in Glasgow might have have kept people away from the finals, but those who attended were treated to local success as well as unlikely winners. Imogen Bankier reclaimed her mixed doubles title, this year with a new partner in Chris Adcock as the pair defeated the German 3rd seeded Koehler and Zander in two games in a dominate week for the new partnership.
The men’s singles was a complete anti-climax as the anticipated clash between the top two seeds failed to live up to expectations as top seeded Anand Pawar crushed Ville Lang 21-9, 21-10 and the 2nd seed looked uninterested throughout the match, Lang was seen yawn on court late in the second game raising questions about his desire to be in the final.
Tatyana Bibik completed her impressive week with a two game victory over the top seeded Elizabeth Cann, the 3rd seeded Russian defeated the #1 seed in two games to follow on from her impressive two game victory over last years winner, the 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff. The all-English women’s doubles final was won by the 3rd seeded Wallwork and White in two games, defeating their 2nd seeded countrywomen, Olver and Agathangelou who were seeded 2nd for the event. Wallwork and White defeated the top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans yesterday to book their place in the final.
The men’s doubles final was won by the top seeded Mills and Ellis, who defeated their 3rd seeded team-mates Ellis and Adcock in the longest match of the day as they took the 45 minute encounter in three games as the English squad took two of the three finals they were involved in today.
Nine Scots started the day with a chance of a title remaining in Scotland, by the end of play just one player remains. Kieran Merrilees run ended at the hands of 3rd seed Dmytro Zavadsky in three games, but the men’s singles final is a battle of the top two seeds, with Anand Pawar defeating Luka Wraber in the quarter finals and then the excellent run of Flemming Quach came to an end as the Indian top seed defeating the Danish player to book his player in the final. Ville Lang fought back from a game down against Bandar Sigit Pamungkas of Indonesia to progress to the last four before defeating the 3rd seeded Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine to reach the final of the event he won in 2007.
Linda Sloan’s run ended at the hands of the top seeded Elizabeth Cann, who completed her run to tomorrow’s final with a two game victory over Cee Nantana Keputra in two games. The big Scottish hope for a title was defending champion and 2nd seed Susan Egelstaff, who breezed through her quarter final match over Anna Held Jensen. Her semi final opponent was Tatjana Bibik, the 3rd seed from Russia. Bibik defeated the 6th seeded Rachel Howard in her quarter final and the question marks over her use of a back brace look to have been answered as she ended the run of the defending champion, defeating Egelstaff in two games, 21-15, 21-12.
The men’s doubles final is an all-English affair, as top seeded Ellis and Mills take on the 3rd seeded Ellis and Adcock. Both partnerships progressed without much resistance, with both partnerships winning both games without the loss of a game. Only the top seeded Adcock and Ellis have lost a game on route to tomorrow’s final. The women’s doubles is another all-English encounter, with Wallwork and White defeating the top seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen to reach tomorrow’s final against the 2nd seeded Olver and Agathangelou, with both couples not dropping a game to this point this week.
The mixed doubles final is the only match with a Scottish interest, as the 2007 winner Imogen Bankier reached the final with partner Chris Adcock of England, the 2nd seeds have not dropped a game this week nor have they looked troubled on their route to the final. Their 3rd seeded opponents, Koehler and Zander saved two match points to book their place in their semi final match against Middleton and Lim of England but have already beaten Scottish opponents to reach tomorrow’s final, defeating Gilmour and Mason in their opening round match.
Scott Evans’ run ended at the final hurdle as the 4th seed lost to India’s 8th seeded Ajay Jayaram in two games, the match wasn’t the most competitive with the Indian winning comfortably 21-11, 21-8 in just 26 minutes. Jayaram had been in excellent form all week, after coming through a tough opener against Zilberman of Israel.
Sashina Vignes also narrowly missed out on the title, losing in two very tight games against the 7th seeded Karina Jorgensen. The 36-minute encounter with a close encounter, with the Dane winning 24-22, 22-20. Vignes had one chance to take the opening game and two games in the second game, neither of which she was able to convert.
The 2nd seeded Langridge and Middleton defeated their higher seeded team mates in the men’s doubles final, beating Ellis and Mills took the opening game easily before the top seeds put up a better performance in the second game but Langridge and Middleton were still too strong, winning 21-9, 21-19.
The doubles duel between Iris Tabeling and Anne Skelbaek was a diplomatic draw, with both players taking one title each. Tabeling and partner Piek were the 4th seeds but defeated the 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek in three games in the women’s doubles final. Skelbaek faught back to take the mixed doubles with her partner Anders Skaarup and Rasmussen defeating Tabeling and Jelle Maas in two games to share the titles this week.
Scott Evans put an end to the Viktor Axelsen parade in a two game, 29 minute win over the young Dane to stop the junior world champion progressing to the last 4. Evans paired up with Sam Magee to pull of a shock two game win over the 3rd seeded Constantin and Vincent to reach the last 4 of the men’s doubles also.
Evans booked his place in tomorrow’s singles final with a three game win over the 2nd seeded Rune Ulsing, but couldn’t match his win in the doubles, losing to the top seeded Mills and Ellis in three tight games. His opponent in the singles final is India’s Ajay Jayaram who defeated the top seed Przemyslaw Wacha in the quarters, before beating Mathias Wigardt of Sweden in two games to reach Sunday’s final.
The women’s singles final sees unseeded Sashina Vignes take on Karina Jorgensen of Denmark. Vignes defeated two seeds to reach the final, beating 6th seed Elena Prus in two games before defeating the 3rd seeded Tatjana Bibik of Russia in three games to reach tomorrow’s final. Jorgensen beat English qualifier Sarah Walker in three games before disposing of the 8th seeded Patty Stolzenbach in two games.
The men’s doubles sees the top two seeds take on one another. Top seeded Mills and Ellis booked their place with a three game win over Evans and Magee whilst the 2nd seeds won two tightly fought matches, winning their quarter final against Bodskov and Staael of Denmark and then their semi final against Lundqvist and Bergstrom in two tight matches.
The women’s doubles final sees the 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek take on the 4th seeds Piek and Tabeling, who beat top seeded Choinet and Rasadi to make the final tomorrow. They will take on the on-form Danish pairing who have failed to drop a game on route to the final. The mixed doubles final is between two unseeded pairs, as Skelbaek and Rasmussen of Denmark take on Maas and Tabeling. Skelbaek and Tabeling’s second encounter tomorrow, playing each other in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles final.
The doubles competitions began play this morning in Manchester, as well the 3rd round of the singles, with no more seeds falling in either event. The big news of the day for the local fans was Anthony Clark’s withdrawal from both doubles events.
Peter Gade is through to the last 8, but was forced to work for his win against Raul Must of Estonia. The Estonian shocked the top seed and took the second game to set up a 3rd game, but after 69 minutes the top seed progressed into tomorrow’s quarterfinals, winning 21-15, 19-21, 21-18. Gade will play Carl Baxter in the last 8, after the English 8th seed defeated Jan Vondra 21-16, 21-9 in his 3rd round match today.
There also wins for Rajiv Ouseph and Dicky Palyama, both players winning in three games to book their place in the last 8. England were hopeful of a 3rd player in the last 8 as Andrew Smith took on Marc Zweibler of Germany in the last 16, but after sharing the opening 10 points, Zweibler took the next 8 before Andrew Smith retired through injury trailing 13-5 in the first game.
The last unseeded player in the draw is Ireland’s Scott Evans, who plays Rajiv Ouseph in the last 8 tomorrow. The 4th quarterfinal is an all-Danish affair, with Joachim Persson (Seeded 6) playing Jan O Jorgensen (Seeded 2) for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
All 8 seeds have safely progressed into the last 8, with only 6th seed Ella Diehl dropping a game so far. Pi Hongyan continues to dominate her half of the draw, today defeating Camilla Sorensen of Denmark, 21-18, 21-5 to book her place against Petya Nedelcheva, who defeated England’s Elizabeth Cann 21-13, 21-13 to progress into tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Juliane Schenk will play Judith Meulendijks tomorrow in the second quarterfinal, 3rd seeded Schenk defeated Switzerland’s Jeanine Cicognini 21-19, 21-9 whilst 7th seeded Meulendijks beat Iceland’s Ranga Ingolfsdottir 21-15, 21-10 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarter final.
The bottom half of the draw sees Ella Diehl, seeded 6th play Yao Jie of the Netherlands for a place in the last 4. The Dutch 4th seed beat Karin Schnaase of Germany 21-16, 21-7 to progress whist the 6th seeded Russian had to come from a game down to beat England’s Helen Davies 17-21, 21-16, 21-11.
Susan Egelstaff, seeded 8 is through to play Tine Rasmussen of Denmark, the 2nd seed in the last of the quarterfinals tomorrow. Both ladies have failed to drop a game getting to this stage of the competition, with Susan Egelstaff dropping 4 less points to this stage and been on court just 3 minutes less than her Danish opponent.
In the Men’s Doubles, all 3 of the seeded Danish pairs have safely made into the last 8. Only the pre-tournament withdrawal of the 3rd seeded Robertson and Clark means that there isn’t a full compliment of seeds in the last 8. However there is English interest still, with Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis through to the last 8 to play German pair Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.
All 4 seeds in the Women’s Doubles are through, with neither of the four pairs losing a game on route to the last 8. The top seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh play Frier Kristiansen and Ropke of Denmark, who progressed to the last 8 with a 21-10, 21-1 win over their Greek opponents in Round 2. The 2nd seeded Russian duo of Vislova and Sorokina play the Scottish pair of Emma Mason and Imogen Bankier who failed to drop a game in both their matches today.
Only 4 seeds remain from the 8 that begun the mixed doubles, top seeds and current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl safely progressed through both matches today to reach the last 8 and are the only seed remaining in the top half of the draw after losing Middleton and Agathangelou (Seeded 6), Durkin and Vislova (Seeded 4) and Adcock and White (Seeded 7) in the opening round this morning. Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson are the last English pair left in the competition, the 3rd seeds play Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia for a place in the last 4.
There was some local interest in the finals of the Belgian Open today in the mixed doubles with Wouter Claes and Natalie Descamps making the final against Heather Olver and Marcus Ellis of England. The seeds had toppled in this tournament in all events, leaving only one top seed playing on finals day.
First on court with the women’s doubles, with Emma Mason making her comeback from a serious achilles injury reaching the final with her English partner Samantha Ward against Japanese pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. They shared the opening two sets before the Japanese pair proved to be too strong in the third to take the match 21-13.
Marcus Ellis and Peter Mills played against the only top seed left in any draw, Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder of Holland. The top seeds took the opening set 30-28, with both couples having five chances apiece to win the first set and then wrapped up the second 21-12 to claim the title.
The Men’s Singles provided the other seed against seed encounter on the last day, with German Marc Zweibler seeded second against seventh seeded Christian Lind Thomsen of Denmark. The match was a tale of three sets, with Zweibler dominating the opening set, before the Dane levelled the match in equally impressive fashion. The match turned at 3-3 in the deciding set, with Zweibler going on a 9-point run which was too big a gap for Lind Thomsen to catch back up.
Misaki Matsutomo played in her second final of the day against second seeded Yao Jie of Holland in the Women’s Singles. Both players took one of the two opening sets but 21 points to 14. The third set was a similar affair to the Men’s final, with Matsutomo leading 10-6 the dutch second seed won 8 consecutive points to turn the match in her favour, eventually winning 21-16 in the third.
The big local hope was in the Mixed Doubles, with second seeds Claes and Descamps against Heather Olver and Marcus Ellis, playing in his second final fo the day. The first set was dominated by the English duo, with the Belgians never having a lead in the opening set, losing it 21-9. The second set was a far more competitive affair at the start of the set, before the English couple stretched out another lead. Claes and Descamps managed to save the match at 20-17 down to make it 20-20. They manufactured a game point at 23-22, before losing the next three points to the unseeded English couple.
The next challenge event in the EBU calendar is in Bulgaria on October 1-4.