At the weekend, Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock lifted the Finnish Open mixed doubles title to remain in pole position in the race to represent GB at London 2012.
3 April 2012
But the Anglo-Scottish pair had to work hard to cancel out GB rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork's success last weekend at the Yonex Polish Open.
The world silver medallists took on Denmark's Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Sara Thygesen after an easy passage to the final in Vantaa following a series of withdrawals which left them as the only seeds competing.
The top seeds came back from 7-1 down in the first game to hold game points at 20-21 and 22-21 but the new Danish national champions snatched the opener 24-22.
Adcock and Bankier came back strongly in the second, pulling away steadily from 5-5 to take it 21-12 to level the match. They were more their normal selves in the decider, moving clear from 7-7 before winning it 21-13 on their second match point after 51 minutes.
They will now prepare for the European Championships in Sweden, starting a fortnight today, before tackling the Indian Open, the final event in the year-long Olympic qualifying race.
Susan Egelstaff, who reached the semi-finals in Poland, also reached the last four in Finland before losing to former European champion Yao Jie of Holland.