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Cann Triumphs After Tricky Times

English badminton my be experiencing some ups and downs at the moment with key players being injured and the news of some impending retirements but one consistent for the sport in these testing times is the success of Emma Cann.

The three time winner of the English National Badminton Championship further increased her lead at the highest level of the Womens Singles ranking for the European Circuit event by triumphing at the Finnish International.

With only four events to go before the summer Circuit finals in early June, rivals to Cann will need to travel to Holland, Slovenia, Spain and France to gain the points and build up their confidence if they wish to topple the English star at the main event. And if Cann maintains her current winning streak, there is very little that many people will be able to do to stop her.

In the final of the Finnish International Open, Cann cruised to a comfortable victory of Sara Persson from Sweden by 21-12, 21-17 margin. The fact that Persson was the third seed for the tournament, the effortless manner in which Cann brushed her aside was surely indicative of the players overall strength of form at the moment.

It wasn't all a walk in the park for Emma Cann though and the player did face some tricky matches on her way to another triumph. None more so than in her opening match where she lost the first set to Rachel Van Cutsen by a score of 15-21.

Knowing that she had to raise her game considerably to avoid an embarrassing early knockout, Cann rallied to a 21-16 victory but the third and deciding set was to be the closest of the lot. In the end, Cann continued to the next round with a score of 28-26 but it could so easily have went the other way but winning when not being at their best is a mark of champions and so it proved for Cann.

The quarter and semi-final matches involving Emma Cann also went to three sets with Indonesia's Maria Elfira Christina providing the opposition in the last eight. Cann won the first set 23-21 before dropping the second 19-21 but rallied in the final set to clinch the tie 21-17. The semi-final saw Cann face off against Li Wenyan from China and again Cann triumphed in the opening set before losing in the second. A third set victory ensured Cann her place in the final but the overall score of 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 showed how tough it had been.

After all the hard work in getting to the final, Cann would have been absolutely delighted that she managed to wrap up the final in a more convincing manner and the player must now definitely be looking forward to the European Circuit Finals in June.

There is a considerable amount of prize money up for grabs at the event but equally the prestige and honor of being listed in the top ranked players in Europe is likely to be incentive enough for Cann as she looks to continue her relentless march to glory.

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