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Scottish National Badminton Championships Set To Start

Badminton fans all over Scotland are currently gearing up for the Scottish National Championships which are starting on Friday February 1st at the Bells Sports centre in Perth.

The tournament may be held on the same weekend as its English equivalent which means that international coverage will naturally fall on the larger tournament but the Scottish tournament looks to be its equal when it comes to exciting ties and mouth watering match ups.

One of the early benefits of Glasgow being awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Games is the increased focus on sporting events with many pundits looking to predict the top local stars that will hopefully supply many home medals for the country to celebrate. For this reason, many eyes may be on Commonwealth bronze medallist Susan Hughes as a good guideline of what is required to triumph at the major tournaments and she fancies some intriguing ties if she hopes to add Scottish National glory to her previous medal haul.

Hughes is the current top seed and after winning the tournament twice before will be seeking further success and after gaining a first round bye will open her campaign against Catriona Lawler with the winner going onto to meet one of two stars of Scottish female Badminton.

Teenage hopeful Linda Sloan, 18 from Glasgow, is due to meet Lisa McMullen with the victor having a tough task. The other half of the Womens Singles Championship, current champion and No.2 seed Rita Yuan Gao also received a bye and will face Caroline Collinson in the second round tie.

Yaun Gao is hoping to claim three titles over the weekend as she and Hughes pair up together in the Womens Doubles event and as the pair are second seeds and current holders, they must be hoping to retain the title they won last year and even though the duo will be strict rivals when it comes to the Singles event, they are strongly tipped to triumph in the Doubles event.

The final part of Yuan Gaos hoped for hat-trick sees her teamed up with Andrew Bowman and the duo will face the winners of husband and wife team Bruce and Kirsty Flockhart or Graeme Smith and Michelle Douglas.

Looking to derail Yaun Gaos and Bowmans Mixed Doubles dreams will be defending champions and top seeded duo Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier. Receiving a similar bye to their close rivals, the duo has the prospect of facing tough opponents in the same of Thomas Bethell and Jillie Cooper in the semi-finals. Its clearly going to be no easy march to the final for the fancied seeds but if anyone duo has shown the strength and tenacity it takes to triumph at these events, then the current holders seem as likely as any.

The amount of former title holders and international event winners indicate the strength of the Scottish roster and there is likely to be a high level of quality displayed throughout the event, so it is no surprise that Scottish Badminton fans are anticipating the weekend so much and it can only be hoped the events manage to steal some of the limelight away from the English National Championships.

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