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Hughes Comes Close to Winning Again

It may have been a fairly successful year for Scottish badminton, in particular the female teams but it hasn't been the best of years for Susan Hughes.

When the Scottish team were rising to new levels at the Uber Cup European rounds, Hughes was looking on whilst the veteran Rita Yuan Gao and relative newcomer Linda Sloan managed the big victories. Hughes has the knowledge that she is a Commonwealth bronze medal holder but at times; this has hung over her and has constantly been brought up in conjunction with her failure to win new medals.

The last time Hughes was triumphant was back in 2005 when she lifted the Czech International title but she will never come as close as she did recently in France to breaking this barren spell. She may have been the third seed for the tournament but Hughes entered the competition as the 43rd best player in the world but soon set about changing that.

Hughes took part in four matches on her run to the final and never dropped a game in any of them. This sort of consistency is required if she is to return to former glories but she certainly showed some genuine skill and tenacity to play her way through the event.

Along the way, Susan Hughes dismissed the challenge of Holland's Rachel Van Cutsen in the quarter final and in the semi she defeated Maria Elfira Christina from Indonesia. This paved the way for a final showdown with Olga Konon from Belarus but Hughes was no match for her opponent.

In little over half an hour, Hughes had lost her first two games of the tournament and with it, her best chance of winning a final in a long time. The 21-18, 21-12 victory was fully deserved for Konon and capped a thrilling tournament for the Belarus star.
Konon had been less convincing in her path to the final with a three game tie with England's Julie Pittard only being won 22-20 in the third and final game. This match could have gone either way and it would be fair to say that Konon had some luck in triumphing in that particular match up.

Scotland also had another near miss in the tournament when Andrew Bowman was knocked out in the semi final of the same event. Bowman and partner Matthew Honey from England narrowly lost out to the all England duo of Ellis and Eidestdet. It may have been a reduced bill with some of the top players focusing on the forthcoming Olympic Games but it was another strong showing for Scottish badminton to be proud of.

Ultimately it was disappointment for Hughes but this tournament should at least offer some hope that she may be able to reclaim some form and some former glories. With no Scottish players featuring at the Olympics due to the all English female selection for the UK badminton team, there is a chance for some of Scotland's badminton starlets to reflect on the year so far and hopefully gear up for success throughout the rest of 2008.

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