Scottish Open Grand Prix Mixed Doubles Preview

Siblings Sam and Chloe Magee headline the mixed doubles line up at the Scottish Open Grand Prix, looking to reignite their season with a first tournament win since June.


The Irish top seeds defeated Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen, seeded seventh in Glasgow, to take the Spanish International crown five months ago but have not reached a quarter-final since.


This is the European bronze medallists’ second trip to the Emirates Arena this year, after they bowed out in the round of 16 at the TOTAL BWF World Championships to eventual champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.


Scots Alexander Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell are the pair who get to take on the favourites in the first round in front of a home crowd.


The Magees’ reached the quarter-final stage two years ago, and they have every chance of going further this time around.


Looking to halt their progress are English rising stars Ben Lane and Jess Pugh, who come into the Scottish Open on good form, including reaching the final of the Czech Open in September.


The 20-year-olds’ most recent run came at the French Open, where they upset world number ten pair Tse Ying Suet and Tang Chun Man before taking a game off world number ones Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in the quarter-final.


They are not the only English shuttlers who are flying high lately though, with Scottish Open fifth seeds Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith reaching the semi-final of the Bitburger Open earlier this month.


The Emirates Arena courts suit Smith, who took Commonwealth silver and bronze there in 2014, and both players returned to the hall for the World Championships.


Ellis and Smith were in winning ways as recently as October, when they defeated Jacco Arends and Selena Piek, seeded sixth in Glasgow, to claim the Dutch Open crown.


But the pair from the Netherlands are unaccustomed to losing finals, having won the Spanish and Belgian Internationals this year, and will provide fierce competition when the Scottish Open kicks off.


Much like the Magees, second seeds Ronan Labar and Audrey Fontaine will aim to regain some form when they return to Scotland.


The French duo also won European bronze in April and lost to the Irish siblings in the semi-final of the Spanish International in June.


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