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Mariana wins successive international titles
University of Bath student Mariana Agathangelou collected her second international badminton title in a week by winning the women’s doubles crown at the Yonex Welsh International Championships.
Mariana, and her partner Jillie Cooper, added the Welsh title in Cardiff at the weekend to the Bank of Scotland International Badminton Championships they won in Glasgow a week earlier.
It was only the fifth tournament that the new pairing of Mariana – a Coach Education and Sports Development student at the University of Bath – and Jillie have played together.
Mariana and Jillie were seeded four for the Welsh International. They battled their way through to the semi-finals where they came up against top seeds and defending champions Huang Bing and Chloe Magee from Ireland. Mariana and Jillie beat the Irish pair at the same stage a week earlier in Glasgow and produced a repeat performance in Cardiff, winning 21-15, 21-23, 21-11.
That set up a final against the unseeded Dutch pairing of Ilse Vaessen and Rachel van Cutsen, who had already accounted for the number two seeds.
But despite losing the first game of the final 17-21, Mariana and Jillie made sure of their second successive international title by winning the second game 21-19 and then taking the decider 21-16.
Mariana won the Welsh women’s doubles title in 2006 partnering Natalie Munt.
Meanwhile, University of Bath Psychology graduate Rachel Howard, just missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles competition in Cardiff this weekend. Rachel, who has recently returned to train at the University, won her opening contest against Monika Fisher of Switzerland before going down 10-21, 21-18, 10-21 to Germany’s Janet Koehler, with a place in the quarters at stake.
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