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30.03.12

Cann battles into last eight in Finland

Elizabeth Cann came back from a game and 17-15 down down to defeat seventh seed Chloe Magee and reach the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the Finnish Open in Vantaa tonight.

Cann, who also had to come from behind to defeat Poland's Kamila Augustyn 15-21 21-16 21-16 in the first round, overcame her Irish rival 17-21 22-20
21-13 in 61 minutes.

That earned her a quarter-final clash tomorrow with former European champion and second seed Yao Jie of Holland.

Meanwhile, her Olympic rival Susan Egelstaff of Scotland reached the last eight by overcoming Malaysia's Iris Wang 21-8 18-21 24-22 and now meets Denmark's Karina Jorgensen.

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier eased into the last eight courtesy of a bye followed by a 21-16 21-12 victory over Sweden's Magnus Sahlberg and Sanne Ekberg. That earned them a quarter-final with Laura Nuorteva and Sanni Rautala of Finland.

Adcock and Bankier are strong title favourites, especially as the top seeds are the only seeds competing in the mixed doubles at a tournament hit hard by withdrawals.

Adcock also reached the last eight of the men's doubles when he and Andy Ellis, the third seeds,  defeated Scotland's Martin Campbell and Angus Gilmur 21-11 21-19.

In the men's singles top seed Rajiv Ouseph let slip the first game against Malaysian Goh Soon Huat before fighting back to win 17-21 21-18 21-4.

He reached the last eight by toppling Eetu Heino of Finland 21-16 21-17 and now meets Belgian fifth seed Tan Yuhan.

Andrew Smith beat Nikolai Ukk 18-21 21-14 21-11 in the first round but then fell to another Russian, sixth seed Vladimir Ivanov, 21-13 24-22.

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