December

Dunn and Hall into Turkish International final

Alex Dunn and Adam Hall are living up to their top-seed billing as they made serene progress into the final of the Turkey international.

Facing the prospect of two games in two days, the duo made light work of home pairing Haktan Dogan and Osman Uyhan, before easing past Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer and Johannes Pistorius to book their place in Thursday’s men’s doubles final.

That makes it two finals in the last three tournaments for Hall and Dunn, who went on to win the Irish Open a fortnight ago.

“We're really happy to be in our second final in three weeks,” said Hall.

“We feel like our level has been steadily improving each game so we're feeling good going into the final tomorrow.

“We're just hoping to go into the Christmas break with another win under our belt.”

It was not to be for Dunn in the mixed doubles, though, as he and Eleanor O’Donnell exited at the quarter-final stage – beaten by Russia’s Rodion Kargaev and Viktoriia Vorobeva.

But Dunn will choose to focus on the positives and his day began in fine style as he and Hall beat Dogan and Uyhan 21-11 21-8.

After easing to victory in the first game, the Scots showed no mercy as they silenced the home crowd to waltz into the semi-finals.

There they faced Kaesbauer and Pistorius, with the first game again proving little obstacle as Dunn and Hall raced into an early lead.

And despite being pushed to the limit in the second game, they had what it took when it came to the crunch, eventually prevailing 21-11 21-19.

That win means the number one seeds make the final without dropping a game. There, they will face Denmark’s Mikkel Stoffersen and Mathias Thyrri who themselves have dropped just the single game in their four matches so far this week.

Dunn will not be playing in the mixed doubles final, however, after he as O’Donnell were beaten in three games by their Russian opponents.

Kargaev and Vorobeva took the first game 21-13 against the fourth seeds, before Dunn and O’Donnell hit back to win the second 21-17.

But the Scots ran out of gas in the decider, behind from the off as they went down 21-16.

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