Agony for Newall at European Juniors


Mauchline’s Holly Newall suffered bitter disappointment at the European Junior Championships 2017 in Mulhouse today.

The 16th seed took the first game comfortably against Slovenia’s Petra Polanc to take the opener 21-14 after leading all the way.

But at 3-3 in the second game she was forced to retire with a wrist injury, which has also forced her to withdraw from tonight’s women’s doubles where she was due to partner Rachel Sugden.

Alexandria's Sugden came through her opening singles, coming from behind in each game against Ukraine’s Valeriya Rudakova before winning 21-19 21-17.

The Yonex Scottish Nationals semi-finalist trailed 16-12 in the first game but wiped out that deficit and then came from 19-18 down to win the game with three points in a row.

In the second she again had to play catch-up when 10-6 down but then five points in a row helped her turned the game round and after that she was never headed.

The win earned her a second-round contest tomorrow against Germany’s Yvonne Li, the 14th seed.

In the boys’ singles Matthew Grimley is also through to the third round after stunning 13th seed Miguel Rocha of Portugal. Grimley won a 46-minute battle 19-21 21-16 21-18. He now faces Russia’s Nikita Lemeshko in the last 32. But Ciar Pringle, who like Grimley had a first-round bye, fell in the second round 21-13 21-15 against Hungary’s Gergo Pytel.

Christopher and Matthew Grimley are the fourth seeds in the doubles but the Glasgow twins start with a bye so don’t enter the competition until tomorrow. Team-mates Pringle (Giffnock) and Alex Dunn took on Russia’s Georgi Karpov and Mikhail Lavrikov in the evening session and came through a close encounter 14-21 21-17 21-15.

Beith's Eleanor O’Donnell and Prestwick's Ciara Torrance have a bye in the women’s doubles but she and Dunn are already into the second round of the mixed doubles and face fourth seeds Miha Ivancic and Petra Polanc of Slovenia tomorrow.

For all today’s results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com