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.
The top 2 seeds in both singles events are through to the last 8 of the Scottish International, Marc Zwiebler has been impressive in his progression to the last eight as has second seeded Przemyslaw Wacha, neither player has dropped a game to date.
Marc Zwiebler plays Vladimir Malkov in the last 8, with Wacha playing Jan Vondra of the Czech Republic in the quarter finals. Unseeded Sourabh Verma plays Peter Scott Evans while Irwansyah plays Peter Mikkelsen in the other quarter finals.
Both Diehl and Egelstaff survived a first game scare in their last 16 to come through to make the last 8. Ella Diehl beat Carola Bott in the 3rd Round while Susan Egelstaff defeated Michelle Chan Ky. Diehl plays unseeded Turk Li Shuang whilst Susan Egelstaff plays Tatiana Bibik in the quarter finals.
Linda Zechiri plays Any Nieminen and Sayali Gokhale will play Jeanine Cicognini, who put out last years winner Elizabeth Cann in Round 2.
Nina Vislova and Vitalij Durkin will start off play again tomorrow, this time they play 5th seed Tony Ng and Grace Gao in the Mixed Doubles quarter finals. With all 5 top seeds still in the competition, it could be another year for Russian domination in the Scottish International.
UPDATE: Przemyslaw Wacha is through to the semi-finals as Jan Vondra has withdrawn.
Play begins tomorrow at 10am local time
Scottish International Championships 2009 Draws