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Paul Van Rietvelde and Marcus Ellis S Open 2012SCOTLAND'S Paul Van Rietvelde is celebrating today after he and England's Marcus Ellis lifted the men's doubles title at the Yonex Welsh International in Cardiff last night.

The second seeds came from behind to beat England's Peter Briggs and Harley Towler 16-21 21-9 21-16 in the final. The Anglo-Scottish pair also had to come from a game down in the second round when they defeated Scotland's Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh 15-21 21-14 21-9 before going on to topple England's Gary Fox and Ben Stawski and Welsh pair Joe Morgan and Nic Strange in straight games on the way to the final.

Scotland No. 1 Kirsty Gilmour made an early exit in the women's singles when the second seed lost to Taipei's eventual winner Mei Hui Chiang. But the 19-year-old from Bothwell more than made up for that in the women's doubles by bettering her semi-final effort at the Scottish International Championships last week in reaching the final with Jillie Cooper.

Gilmour and Cooper, the third seeds, started with a good 21-12 21-13 win over Ireland's Sinead Chambers and Jennie King and then produced another good win when they edged out Petya Nedelcheva and Dimitria Popstoikova of Bulgaria 22-20 21-18 in the semi-finals. But in the final they were beaten by Gabby White and Lauren Smith 21-7 21-14 as they English top seeds avenged their quarter-final defeat in Glasgow.

In the men's singles Kieran Merrilees defeated former England No. 1 and fourth seed Andrew Smith 21-19 21-10 Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmouron the way to the last eight but he had to retire in his quarter-final with Czech sixth seed Jan Frohlich when leading 5-3 in the deciding game.

The players now head for Dublin for this week's final European event of the year, the Irish International.

Meanwhile, Glasgow's Alistair Casey won the men's singles at the Botwana International.

The top seed reached the final without dropping a set, before recording another straight-sets win 21-13 21-7 over South African sixth seed Andries Malan to take the title.

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