Double triumph

SCOTLAND has a twin title triumph to celebrate after successes in both singles and mixed doubles at the weekend's Yonex Irish international.

In Dublin, second seed Susan Egelstaff made up for surrendering her Bank of Scotland international title last month by lifting the women's singles crown, beating Danish sixth seed Karina Jorgensen 23-21 21-8 in a 35-minute final.

That followed up the Clarkston woman's 21-18 22-20 win over Spain's Carolina Marin in the semi finals and a 21-18 21-12 win over Iceland's eighth seed Ragna Ingolfsdottir 21-18 21-12 in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile more title joy for Scotland on Sunday came thanks to Glasgow's Imogen Bankier and new partner Chris Adcock of England.

They followed up their Bank of Scotland title triumph by taking the mixed doubles in Dublin by beating Denmark's Christian John Skovgaard and Britta Andersen 21-13 21-11 in the final.

Jordanhill-based Bankier and Adcock took the title without dropping a game in any of their five matches.

Their new pairing is already up to number 81 in the world and can expect to go even higher in the next list.

The single disappointment for Scotland in Eire was the first-round exit of Linda Sloan of Whitecraigs. Her departure signalled the end of the southsider's recent good run of form.

But in fairness there was no disgrace in losing to Denmark's Nanna Brosolat Jensen, a 2009 Yonex all-England semi finalist.

This week Mrs Egalstaff will be trying to repeat her success at the Italian international in Rome.

As third see she today (Thursday) begins her title bid against Akvile Stapusaityte of Lithuania.

If she lives up to her seeding Egelstaff can expect to meet fifth seed Tatyana Bibik in the quarter finals and that would give her chance to avenge her Glasgow defeat by the new Bank of Scotland international champion.