March 2012 All News
Ouseph, Adcock and Bankier through to finals in Finland
Top seed Rajiv Ouseph is through to the men's singles final at the Finnish Open in Vantaa.
The five-times English National champion saved a game point on his way to defeating fifth seed Tan Yuhan of Belgium 22-20 21-8 in the quarter-finals.
The Middlesex man then won a three-game battle with India's Anand Pawar
21-15 9-21 21-14 to book his final place against Sweden's Henri Hurskainen.
World silver medallists Chris Adcock and Scotland's Imogen Bankier are through to the mixed doubles final in an event where they are the only seeded pair competing after withdrawals.
The top seeds defeated Lauri Nuorteva and Sanni Rautala 21-12 21-9 in the quarter-finals but were made to work harder in the semi-final before carving out a 21-17 22-20 win over French pair Baptiste Careme and Audrey Fontaine.
In tomorrow's final they will meet Denmark's Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Sara Thygesen as they look to scoop vital Olympic qualifying points.
Adcock was also bidding for a place in the men's doubles final with Andy Ellis after the third seeds won their quarter-final 21-17 21-14 against Finland's Anton Kaisti and Jepser Von Hertzen.
Adcock and Ellis faced second seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov for a place in the final and took the first game 21-12 but the Russians hit back to level the contest by taking the second 21-19 and edged out the England pair in the decider 21-17 after leading all the way from the third point.
In the women's singles Elizabeth Cann's hopes ended in the quarter-finals when she fell to former European champion and second seed Yao Jie 21-15
The Dutch second seed then knocked out fourth seed Susan Egelstaff of Scotland 21-11 21-13 in the semi-finals.