Emirates goes multi court
Date: 11/22/2016 10:46 AM
Published by : Mark Phelan
The annual Scottish Open Grand Prix gets underway on Wednesday at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the home of the 2017 World Championships, and Badminton Europe are delighted to bring the event live via *YouTube with a full multi court stream of all courts. 

Badminton Europe have, over the course of the past year, been streaming all courts from selected circuit and Grand Prix events with the multi stream concept proving a big hit with fans across Europe and worldwide. This week, and for the first time, Badminton Europe will stream the Scottish Open Grand Prix in its entirety from the first shuttle to the last medal presentation on Sunday. 

As always, all the action can be viewed via our *YouTube channel and to select your court of choice just toggle the court selector at the bottom right of the YouTube stream to watch a match of your choice or just switch between matches to keep an eye on all courts. 

In addition, court 1 will have commentary from 5pm on qualification day right through to the end of play on Sunday with greats such as Kirsty Gilmour, Dan Travers and Ray Stevens offering their thoughts on all court 1 action throughout the tournament. 

With the above mention Kirsty Gilmour missing out on her home tournament as she recovers from injury who are the main protagonists across all five disciplines and who will capture the hearts of the Scottish fans in the glorious Emirates Arena. 

Antonsen set to wow the Scottish crowds

Anders Antonsen’s (pictured above) rise to fame has been meteoric since winning the European junior title in 2015. The Dane dominated the Badminton Europe circuit in 2015/2016 and it does not take a rocket scientist to work out that a Grand Prix win is just around the corner. Just as Ville Lang stole the hearts of the Scottish fans in 2014. The Dane is seeded two for this week’s tournament and Hsu Jen Hao of Taipei will pose the biggest threat from the top seeded position. Others to watch out for are Fabian Roth of Germany who has been making huge progress since his return from a year out through injury and French pair Corvee and Claerbout might have a say on who wins and who goes home disappointed. 

Danes set to dominate women’s singles

Without Gilmour’s involvement and with reigning champion Line Kjersfeldt in Hong Kong and players such as Olga Konon out with injury, Beatriz Corrales and Linda Zetchri absent the Scottish Open 2016 is a wide-open tournament in women’s singles. That being said the pick of the crop, you guessed it, comes from Denmark with Koch Rhode, Poulsen, Finne-Ipsen and Mia Blichfeldt likely to dominate. Blichfeldt (pictured above) showed signs of form at the Dutch Open in October and Bitburger GPG and this week might be her week to finally break through. One thing is for sure the crowd will get entertained with her passionate all in style of play. Only time will tell if one of these Danes can make it back to back women’s singles title for Denmark. 

English with one eye on men’s doubles title

While 2013 champions Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard are top seeds for the men’s doubles event, team England will be quietly confident of getting a podium spot and Matthew Nottingham and Harley Towler (pictured above)might be the pair to do it. 

The English are on the same side of the draw as the Danes and Nottingham and Towler will look on intensely at the first-round match between the Danes and new Polish partnership of Cwalina & Bochat. The winner of that opening first round tie will have a bearing on the gold medal come Sunday. 

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will also look to establish themselves as top level senior players while a victory for Scottish/English duo of Mills and Hall would satisfy all fans both sides of the border. As always the Danes need to be watched and Fladberg and Colberg will relish the opportunity to try and win without having to come through qualification. 

Can Europe topple the Australians in women’s doubles draw? 

With the forced withdrawal of Piek and Muskens and the Stoeva Sisters in Asian frying extremely bigger fish the task for Europe is a big one in the women’s doubles. Dutch Open GP winners Somerville and Mapasa are as red hot as you can get to win and after a four-week period training in Denmark who would bet against them? 

It will fall to pairs such as Mitsova/Nedelcheva (BUL), Finne-Ipsen/Soby (DEN), Herttrich/Nelte(GER) & Pugh/Westwood (ENG) to upset the odds. However, the main challenge to the Australians may come from English pair Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker (pictured above). The English were impressive in their stroll to the Prague Open title at the end of September and as a unit they have a natural togetherness on court. 

Ruponen & Hogstrom on crest of a wave 

Last week’s world ranking release was pleasant reading for Sweden’s Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstom. The Swede’s (pictured above) for the first time got themselves onto the first page of the list at 25. It has been a good year without winning and the Swedes, buoyed by the latest list, will take confidence onto the courts at the Emirates this week. 

Seeded two for the tournament a tough opening match against Germany’s Siedel and Efler awaits, if the Swedes can win that then the form is there and more so Ruponen’s confidence tanks fill to capacity, which is key if the Swedish pair are to succeed. 

The Danes are weakest in the mixed doubles purely by numbers present and with top Indians such as Ponnappa/Nandagopal travelling to Glasgow the task becomes apparent for the Swedes. Again, ones to watch might be team England and the pairing of Nottingham and Smith just jumps off the page when looking for an outside chance of a winner. With Lane & Pugh also on hand team England have the tools and personnel to do damage in Glasgow this week. 

All the action kicks off on Wednesday with qualification round and to view the full draws click HERE

To watch all the action from all courts at the 2016 Scottish Open click *HERE

Article and images by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe

*Note: Geo-Blocking may apply in some regions especially at weekend when tournament gets to semi-final and finals due to TV broadcasting rights in several regions. 
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