Cann closes up on Egelstaff as they head for Bangkok
Monday, 06 June 2011
June 6 - Elizabeth Cann is right behind her great Olympic rival Susan Egelstaff going into this month's three Asian tournaments, starting with this week's Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event in Bangkok.
Cann moved up toumber 38 in last week's latest world rankings, just one place behind the player she beat to win the Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Delhi last year.
That result reversed the outcome of the bronze medal play-off four years earlier.
Now both players will tackle the Bangkok tournament and the next Super Series event, the Li Ning Singapore Open the following week.
Cann will also follow that up by playing in the next Super Series Premier event, the Djarum Indonesian Open, at the end of June.
The first round in Bangkok will see Cann facing a tough test against German fifth seed Juliane Schenk, while Egelstaff takes on Korean third seed Joo Bae Youn.
Egelstaff has met the Korean once before, losing in three close games at the Wilson Swiss Open in March, 15-21 21-16 21-16.
Cann and Schenk have met five times and the Jersey star's only win was at the Swedish International under the old scoring system, 11-8 11-8.
All the other matches have been straight-game wins for Schenk, most recently in the final of the Belgian International in September.
England's top men's singles players are also in action in Bangkok. Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph is eighth seed and takes on Mohamead Arif Abdul Latif of Malaysia as he looks for ranking points to lift him back into the world's top 16 from 19th place.
World number 40, Carl Baxter faces a stern test against 11th seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia.
In the women's doubles, world No 21 pair Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver take on Komala Dewi and Jenna Gozali of Indonesia.
After Bangkok the players will head for Singapore to team up with the 11 other squad members tackling the OSIM BWF Super Series event.
Anthony Clark and Chris Langridge, ranked 68, and Andrew Ellis and Chris Adcock, ranked 23, will tackle men's doubles, while Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White, ranked 29, will join Agathangelou and Olver in the women's doubles.
In the mixed doubles Nathan Robertson and Wallwork, Adcock and Scotland's Imogen Bankier, and White and Robert Blair of Scotland will continue their Olympic rivalry.
Just eight places separate the three GB pairs in the world rankings with Robertson and Wallwork at number 15, Adcock and Bankier at number 20, and Blair and White at number 23.
With the exception of Olver and Agathangelou, the same squad will move on to Jakarta for the Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier event at the end of June.
To follow the results check out here and to view world rankings go to here.