Two countries dominated at last year’s Scottish Open Grand Prix – with three podium successes for Malaysia and a double for Denmark.
As we wait for the announcement of the seeds for this year’s tournament, due to be released tomorrow, we’re looking back at how the 2016 tournament panned out.
Men’s singles: Antonsen wows Scottish crowds
Ever since he won the European Junior Championships in 2015, Dane Anders Antonsen has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport. As one of the favourites heading into last years’ Scottish Open – where he was seeded second – the Great Dane certainly did not buckle under the pressure, securing a two-set victory over Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven, to claim his first BWF Grand Prix.
Women’s singles: Poulsen steps up to take maiden Grand Prix
With 2015 champion Line Kjaersfeldt missing and players such as former European winner Olga Konon out with injury, all was to be played for in the women’s singles last time round. But from the young crop of players arose a wealth of Danish talent – among them third-seed Mette Poulsen – who went all the way to secure her first Grand Prix title, overcoming Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet in a pulsating thee-set final.
Men’s doubles: Another day of Danish Domination
Another Danish triumph came in the form of 2014 champions Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard, who were never in doubt being top seeds for the event. The duo saw off the challenge Scotland’s Adam Hall and Englishman Peter Mills to take the title, winning an entertaining three-set affair 15-21 21-19 21-15.
Women’s doubles: Malaysians reign supreme
There was more Malaysian delight in the women’s doubles after Lim Yin Loo and Yap Cheng Wen overpowered compatriots Teoh Mei Xing and Amelia Alicia Anscelly in an all-Malaysian final. Dutch Open GP Australian winners Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa looked in red-hot form heading into the event, but fell at the first hurdle against Indian pairing Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy in what was one of the biggest shocks of the tournament.
Mixed Doubles: Hat-trick of titles for Malaysia
Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai made it a triple success for Malaysia as they defied all odds to storm to the mixed doubles title as they stunned India’s top seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy. The pair were forced to come from a set down against the Indians to record a memorable victory and bag their maiden silverware on the Grand Prix Circuit in a mixed event.