December 2006 All News
Adcock and Middleton warm up for ASICS Grand Finals
ROBERT ADCOCK and Robin Middleton used the weekend to warm up their men's doubles clash with great rivals Dean George and Chris Tonks at the ASICS Grand Finals at the University of Bath on Tuesday.
The England prospects won through to the semi-finals of the Bulgarian Open in Sofia before losing to Simon Mollyhus and Anders Kristiansen of Denmark 15-21 21-13 21-17.
Another Grand Finalist, Rajiv Ouseph reached the quarter-finals of the men's singles before losing 21-10 21-10 to Germany's second seed Bjoern Joppien. But that will have been a useful workout before the European junior champion faces Nathan Rice in the Bath final.
Suzanne Rayappan and Jenny Wallwork, who will face Mariana Agathangelou and Gabby White in Bath, also reached the last eight in the women's doubles before losing to Indonesians Meiliana Jauharu and Purwati 21-16 21-13.
But Joanne Nicholas and Natalie Munt went one better by reaching the semi-finals before losing to Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorkina of Russia in a tight match 9-21 21-16 21-17.
Vislova also put out Nicholas in the mixed doubels quarter-finals when she and Alexandr Nikolaenko beat her and Ian Palethorpe 21-15 21-17.
ASICS mixed doubles finalists David Lindley and Suzanne Rayppan also went out in the quarters, beaten by Jacob Chemnitz and Julie Houmann of Denmark 21-16 22-20.
The Grand Finals start at 6.45pm on Tuesday, December 12 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
The final line-up is:
Rajiv Ouseph v Nathan Rice
Michelle Cheung v Rachel Howard
Robert Adcock & Robin Middleton v Dean George & Chris Tonks
Suzanne Rayappan & Jennifer Wallwork v Mariana Agathangelou & Gabby White
Chris Tonks & Lisa Parker v David Lindley & Suzanne Rayappan
Tickets cost £7 for adults. Admission is £4.50 for students, under-16s and senior citizens.
Tickets are available from Sports Training Village reception or from the credit card hotline at 01908 268400. There are discounts via the credit card hotline for members of clubs affiliated to Badminton England, and to Badminton England ‘On court’ and ‘courtSIDE’ members.