December

Dunn and Hall earn their place in Irish Open final

Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall reached the final of the men’s doubles of the Irish Open by knocking out the number one seeds in the semi-finals at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin.

The Scottish pair, seeded third, came from a game down to defeat Matijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski, of Belgium, 11-21 21-15 21-13 to reach Friday’s final where they’ll face home favourites Joshua and Sam Magee.

Earlier, the Scots had enjoyed a 21-18 21-16 victory over Pawel Smilowski and Przemyslaw Szydlowski of Poland in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, third seeds Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell eased past the Danish pair of Susan Ekelund and Elisa Melgaard in their quarter-final in Ireland.

The Scots were comfortable 21-12 21-12 winners but were unable to repeat their heroics in the evening session.

Up against top seeds Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran in the semi-final, the Scots were beaten 21-14 21-13 as the French pair booked their final place against England’s Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams.

In the mixed doubles, Hall and Ciara Torrance were also beaten at the semi-final stage as Ireland’s Sam and Chloe Magee were 21-12 21-12 victors.

The defeat takes nothing away from the Scottish pair though, who came through two matches in qualifying to reach the main draw and earlier won their quarter-final. Hall and Torrance had beaten France’s William Villeger and Tran in the last eight 21-14 21-15.