Susan Egelstaff misses out in final of Kharkov Open

Badminton player Susan Egelstaff

Susan Egelstaff's chances of Olympic qualification have received a boost after she finished runner-up at the Kharkov Open.

The 28-year-old went into the competition ranked five places lower than London rival, England's Liz Cann.

However, victory over third seed Larissa Griga of Ukraine in the semi-final set up a final with German top seed Olga Konon.

But the German proved too strong for Egelstaff, taking the title 21-9 21-10.

Egelstaff's run to the final has given her Olympic hopes a major boost, lifting her to 32 in the rankings - seven places ahead of Kann, who lost to Konon in the semi-finals.

The top-ranked player is set to represent Britain at London 2012.

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