Open final double for Jersey girls

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Cann, the English National champion, narrowly missed out becoming the first English ladies’ singles winner for ten years when she was narrowly beaten 21-19, 18-21, 21-17 by fourth seed Kanako Yonekura, of Japan, in 59 minutes.

England’s other title bid was in the ladies’ doubles where the young pair of Agathangelou and Gabby White went down 21-14, 21-14 against Russian’s Vislova and Valeria Sorokina, the top seeds and 2005 champions.

Cann, who was No 5 in a dozen seeded players, opened her account with a 27-25 success against Spaniard Lucia Tavera.

Cann then won 21-8, 21-10 against Sweden’s Emma Wengberg before defeating Czech Kristina Ludikova with some consistent play 21-13, 21-16.

Cann held her form in the quarter-finals winning 21-17 22-20 against Japan’s Megumi Taruno to set up a semi-final against China’s Wenyan Li, who has won three of the five European tournament finals she has reached this season.

Wenyan ran away with the first game 21-6 only for Cann, now adapting to her opponent’s play, to fight her way back to book a place in the final winning the next two games 21-17, 21-19.

Yonekura, a highly ranked world player a couple of seasons ago but now down the order having not competed much on the circuit, won the first 21-19 after a series of long rallies.

Cann won seven points on the trot before going on to win the second 21-18 and she took the match to wire only to be edged out 21-17 in the decider.

Agathangelou and White recorded an excellent semi-final win – in the biggest game of their career – 21-19 15-21, 21-19 against top England pair and hopeful Olympic contenders, Natalie Munt and Joanne Nicholas (world ranked 26).

In the final the pair were playing catch-up throughout, but reaching this stage was a great achievement – their first senior international tournament final and scalps taken along the way will have given them a great deal of respect in the England camp.

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