December

Dunn and Hall ease through to quarter-finals

Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall are so far putting their top-seed status to good use after easing through to the Turkey International quarter-finals.

The men’s doubles pair have been riding the crest of a wave in recent weeks, winning their first competition as a duo at the Irish Open earlier this month.

Their form shows no sign of slowing down either, earning a first-round bye before wasting little time in their first match of the competition, against qualifiers Murathan Eken and Mert Tunco.

In truth the Scottish pair were rarely in danger against the home pair, ahead from the very first point of the match as they raced into a 4-0 lead in the opening game.

Their opponents narrowed the gap but never got it back to parity, with Dunn and Hall putting on the pressure to close out the first game 21-13 in Ankara.

The second game was to be a much tighter affair in the early stages, with the Turkish team holding the top seeds at 8-8.

But five consecutive points saw the nature of the game change, Dunn and Hall upping the ante to win the last rubber 21-15 to take their place in the last eight.

Adam said, "We're feeling pretty good about this week after a disappointing result in the Italian so really looking to rediscover our Irish form!

“It's always a bit nervy playing in the first game but we got off to a good start and are looking to build on that now.

“It would be great to end the year on the win, really go out with a bang in our first year together."

Another Turkish duo await in Haktan Dogan and Osman Uyhan, though this was not the only success for Dunn on the second day of competition in Turkey.

That came alongside Eleanor O’Donnell in the mixed doubles, with the fourth seeds in the groove with a straight games against Yuliya Kazarinova and Danylo Bosniuk of Ukraine.

They were to do so in some style too against a pair they had never previously faced, winning 21-18 21-18 and needing just 22 minutes on court, securing their quarter-final berth.

But it wasn’t to be for O’Donnell alongside Julie Macpherson in the women’s doubles, with the Scots missing out to Busra Yalcinkaya and Fatma Nur Yavuz.

The game wasn’t without its drama too, but that didn’t stop the top seeds narrowly falling short against their Turkish opponents, losing 21-23 21-15 21-16.