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.
It was a long day in Glasgow for players and spectators alike, as two rounds of the singles and level doubles were played over 12 and a half hours of play with all five top seeds making the last 8.
The biggest casualty in the men’s singles was the 2nd seeded Dymtro Zavadsky, who lost to Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang in three games. There were also defeats for the 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama and 4th seeded Henri Hurskainen, with the Swede losing out to the 14th seeded Carl Baxter in the third round. There was little trouble for the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph, who won both matches today without the loss of a game to set up a quarter final against the highest seed left in the draw, the 5th seeded Vladimir Ivanov.
Top Two Into Last 8
Linda Zechiri survived a scare in her opening match of the day against Nanna Vainio but progressed after dropping the opening game and ensured her place in the last 8 with a win over Nicki Chan-Lam of England. The 2nd seeded Larisa Griga also survived a pair of scares in her two matches today also, needing three games to defeat Sabrina Jacquet and then Tanvi Lad in the last 16 to book her place in the quarters against Anu Nieminen, who defeated Ragna Ingolfsdottir to reach the last 8. 3rd seeded Anastacia Prokopenko’s event lasted just 50 minutes with an opening round defeat to Anita Raj Kaur of Malaysia, who then defeated Kim Buss of Germany to reach the last 8.
Scottish Hopes Rest In Doubles
One Scottish pair and an Anglo-Scottish pair are all that the hosts have to support on day 3, with Briggs and Cooper reaching the last 8 of the mixed doubles where they will take on English qualifiers Wolfenden and Smith for a place in the last 4. Pringle and Sankey will take on the 3rd seeds Lee and Obanana in the women’s doubles tomorrow, whilst the top seeded Agathangelou and Olver had little problems reaching the last 8. The top seeded Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov survived a scare in one of the last matches of the day before progressing in three games against Lundqvist and Nordh of Sweden to reach the last 8.
The day began in Glasgow with the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph reaching the last 32 and the day finished with 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder making it into the last 16 of the men’s doubles that was dominated by the seeds.
15 of the 16 seeds progressed in the men’s singles, only the 16th seeded Marcel Reuter crashed out to ensure there was no clean sweep of seeded winners today. The German was beaten by Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, who takes on Stilian Makarski of Bulgaria who defeated Nathan D’Cruz in the tightest match of the day, winning 29-27 in the third in one of the longest matches of the day. There were wins for Dymtro Zavadsky and Dicky Palyama in two games as well as Henri Hurskainen to ensure the top four seeds reached the last 32.
Kirsty Gilmour was the lone Scottish singles player to win today, defeating England’s Kate Robertshaw in three games to set up her second round match against Elizabeth Cann of England. Overall, the singles was a disappointed for the Scottish crowd with six defeats in the singles over the two events. All eight seeds in the men’s doubles progressed in convincing fashion, with the 4th seeded Koch and Zauner being the only pairing taken to three games by the Scottish pairing of Gilmour and Campbell before eventually progressing. Both the top two seeds were impressive in their one sided victories but will face tougher opposition in the second round tomorrow.