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Badminton: Merrilees leads way as Scotland players tackle Yorkshire Elite

posted 28 Aug 2009, 02:26 by myEdinburgh Admin
Kieran Merrilees,, who finished runner-up at last season's Yonex Welsh Open, is the No 5 seed in the men’s singles for this weekend's Yorkshire Elite Open in Sheffield.

The Glasgow player, who will be 20 next month, is joined in the men's singles by Yonex national champion Gordon Thomson, who is seventh seed. Merrilees starts against Chris Hotchen while Thomson meets Arthur Cheung in the first round of a competition where holder and Bank of Scotland International champion Rajiv Ouseph is top seed.

In the women's singles Glasgow's Linda Sloan, who was runner-up in singles and doubles (with Emma Mason) at last season's Sussex Elite, is third seed and starts with a first-round bye. The 20-year-old is on course to meet England's second seed Panuga Riou in the semi-finals.

Sloan will also play with England's Fontaine Chapman in the women's doubles and they start against Helena Lewczynska and Hayley Rogers.

Emma Mason begins her 2009-2010 campaign with England's Sam Ward in women's doubles, where they are No 2 seeds and have a first-round bye.

In the mixed the 23-year-old from Edinburgh partners Bank of Scotland International men's doubles winner Andrew Ellis, where they are fourth seeds. Their first match is against Ben Tier and Alex Langley.

In the men's doubles Duncan Leith partners Peter Hockey and they have a first-round bye. Their first big test should come in the quarter-finals against top seeds Andrew Ellis and Dean George.

Watson Briggs, runner-up in the mixed (with Jillie Cooper) at last season's Wimbledon Elite, teams up with Thomson in the men's doubles and they also have a first-round bye but can expect to meet Welsh pair Matthew Hughes and Martyn Lewis, the fourth seeds, in the last eight.

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The other two Elite Opens on the season are at Wimbledon on January 16-17 and Haywards Heath on May 9-10.



Men’s Singles
1) Rajiv Ouseph (Middx)
2) Carl Baxter (Avon)
3) Harry Wright (Lancs)
4) Ben Beckman (Surrey)
5) Kieran Merrilees (Sco)
6) Jamie Bonsels (Yorks)
7) Gordon Thompson (Sco)
8) Nathan D'Cruz (Middx)

Women’s singles
1) Helen Davies (Cheshire)
2) Panuga Riou (Hants)
3) Linda Sloan (Sco)
4) Sarah Walker (Essex)
Men’s doubles
1) Andrew Ellis (Yorks) & Dean George (Herts)
2) Robin Middleton (Yorks) & Chris Langridge (Surrey)
3) Marcus Ellis (Yorks) & Peter Mills  (Notts)
4) Martyn Lewis & Matthew Hughes (Wal)
Women’s doubles
1) Heather Olver (Sussex) & Sarah Walker (Essex)
2) Emma Mason (Sco) & Sam Ward (Surrey)

Mixed doubles
1) Robin Middleton (Yorks) & Mariana Agathangelou (Avon)
2) Marcus Ellis (Yorks) & Heather Olver (Sussex)
3) Dean George ( Herts) & Sam Ward (Surrey)
4) Andrew Ellis (Yorks) & Emma Mason (Sco)


Last season's Elite winners:

Sussex Elite

MS - Lim Kenn bt Raj Ouseph

WS - Anita Kaur bt Linda Sloan

MD - Robin Middleton/Peter Mills bt Ben Beckman/Simon Hardcastle

WD - Anita Kaur/Joanne Swee Ling Quay bt Emma Mason/Linda Sloan

XD - Joel Gayle/Caroline Westley bt Peter Mills/Sarah Walker


Wimbledon Elite

MS - Lim Kenn bt Harry Wright

WS - Anita Raj Kaur bt Atu Rosalina Sagita

MD - Andy Ellis/Dean George bt Ed Foster/Chris Tonks

WD - Jenny Wallwork/Gabby White bt Anita Raj Kaur/Joanne Swee ling Quay

XD - Robin Middleton/Gabby White bt Watson Briggs/Jillie Cooper


Yorkshire Elite

MS - Raj Ouseph bt Ben Beckman

WS - Atu Rosalina Sagita bt Sarah Walker

MD - Richard Eidestedt/Andrew Ellis bt Chris Adcock/Rob Blair

WD - Sarah Bok/ Mariana Agathangelou bt Jenny Wallwork/Gabby White.

XD – Robin Middleton/ Jenny Wallwork bt Andrew Ellis/ Sarah Bok