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Carl Baxter wins his Bitburger quarter-final
26.11.11

Ouseph and Baxter to meet in Scottish International final

The men's singles final at the Scottish International Championships will be an all-English affair as Carl Baxter takes on Rajiv Ouseph at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena in Glasgow tomorrow.

Baxter, who knocked out fourth seed Henri Hurskainen of Sweden yesterday, was in good form again today as he removed Belgian sixth seed Tan Yuhan 22-20 21-19 in the quarter-finals then floored 10th seed Christian Lind Thomsen of Denmark in the semi-finals 21-14 21-13.

Ouseph got off to a sluggish start in his quarter-final against the
6ft 6in Russian Vladimir Ivanov with the fifth seed taking the first game 21-16.

But Ouseph, the 2008 champion in Glasgow and Commonwealth silver medallist, roared back in the second 21-15 and took control in the third to win the match 21-11.

In the semi-final he was too sharp for France's eighth seed Mathieu Lo Ying Ping and booked his final place 21-17 21-4.

Ouseph has beaten Baxter in winning the last two of his four consecutive English National titles and has also beaten him in their two meetings in international tournaments.

In the men's doubles defending champions and sixth seeds Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis beat fourth seeds Juergen Koch and Peter Zauner in the quarter-finals 14-21 21-11 21-12.

The semi-final was a hard-fought affair as they took the opener 22-20 against Denmark's Kim Sorensen and Anders Rasmussen but the eighth seeds levelled the match 21-14 to send it in to a decider.

After a gripping battle Ellis and Mills get their noses in front and won it on their second match point 21-19 after 55 minutes.

There was disappointment for England in the women's doubles when top seeds and 2010 runners-up Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver fell 19-21 21-13 21-14 to Japan's Shimozaki Aya and Emi Moue.

In the mixed doubles young players Tom Wolfenden and Holly Smith went out against Scotland's Watson Briggs and Jillie Cooper 21-15 21-9. The Scots then lost their semi-final to Kim Sorensen and Lene Kjaersfeldt 19-21 21-10 21-17.

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