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Langridge and Middleton edged out in doubles final in Glasgow
Chris Langridge and Robin Middleton missed out in the men's doubles final at the Bank of Scotland International Championships in Glasgow this afternoon.
The fourth seeds from England, who won the Volant d'Or title earlier in the year, took the first game against Danish third seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding and led 16-15 in the second before losing it 26-24 on the Danes' sixth game point.
In the decider Middleton and Langridge had trouble holding the Danes, who ran out winners 21-11 in 62 minutes.
England had another finalist in defending women's doubles champion Mariana Agathangelou, who won last year with Scotland's Jillie Cooper.
This afternoon she partnered Scotland's Emma Mason but they found the Russian top seeds and two-time champions Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina too hot to handle as they went down 21-16 21-16.
There was one big home success as Glasgow's Susan Egelstaff finally won her hometown tournament for the first time by beating top seed and two-time champion Ella Diehl of Russia 21-18 21-10.
Robin Middleton and Chris Langridge are through to the final of the men's doubles at the Bank of Scotland International Championships in Glasgow.
Fourth seeds Middleton and Langridge avenged England team-mates Robert Blair and Dean George's defeat on Friday by knocking out French pair Baptiste Careme and Sylvain Grosjean in the quarter-finals 14-21 21-8 21-19.
Then in the semi-finals the England pair came through another stern examination to beat Russian top seeds Vitali Durkin and Alexander Nikolaenko 21-17 17-21 21-16 in a second match lasting more than 50 minutes.
It looked like being an all-England final when fifth seeds Marcus Ellis and Peter Mills put out second seeds Joe Morgan and James Phillips of Wales 21-15 21-15.
But they then came up against Denmark's Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the semi-finals and the third seeds, who had already come through a three-game cliffhanger against Polands's Michal Logosz and Lukasz Moren, won 21-19 21-13.
England have a second finalist tomorrow with Mariana Agathangelou one win away from retaining the women's doubles title she won last year with Scotland's Jillie Cooper.
But in the last semi-final Agathangelou and new partner Emma Mason of Scotland defeated Cooper and England's Samanatha Ward 21-11 21-15.
Agathangelou and Mason, in their first tournament together, will face top seeds and two-time champions Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova.
England began the day with high mixed doubles hopes but Blair and teenager Jessica Fletcher went down to fourth seeds Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina 21-15 21-18 and then Rasmus Bonde and Marie Roepke got the better of Langridge and Jillie Cooper in another quarter-final clash 21-15 21-18.