December

Early Christmas Turkey for Alex and Adam

Adam Hall has set his sights on Commonwealth Games qualification with partner Alex Dunn after the pair added another title to their burgeoning silverware cabinet, taking the Turkish International crown earlier this morning.

 

Dunn and Hall defeated Denmark’s Mikkel Stoffersen and Mathias Thyrri in the final of the Turkey International men’s doubles to add to their Irish Open victory earlier this month.

 

Danes Stoffersen and Thyrri were a dangerous prospect, having claimed the quarter-final scalp of Polish second seeds Pawel Pradzinski and Jan Rudzinski before dumping out Bulgarians Peyo Boichinov and Ivan Panev, ranked third, to set up the clash with Hall and Dunn.

 

But the Scots put in a classy performance as they powered home without ever looking troubled.

 

After taking the first game 21-14, the duo upped their dominance even further as they sensed victory and went through the gears, easing home 21-9 in the second to claim the championship.

 

And Hall admitted the focus has now shifted onto securing 2018 Commonwealth Games qualification – but not before the pair put their feet up after ending the year on such a high note.

 

“We are very satisfied with the victory,” said Hall. “It's really completed a rollercoaster couple of weeks for us, going from win to first round loss to a win again.

 

“We are now really just targeting a couple of weeks’ rest to be honest!

 

“After Christmas, we are just looking to secure our qualification for the Commonwealth Games then try and start winning some higher-level tournaments.”

 

The duo were a powerful presence throughout the tournament, which they won without dropping a game.

 

After being given a bye in the first round, Dunn and Hall defeated Turkish qualifiers Murathan Eken and Mert Tunco on Tuesday, prevailing 21-13 21-15.

 

They got better and better from thereon in, continuing their rich vein of form which also saw them triumph at the Irish Open two weeks ago.

 

An intense day of action on Wednesday saw them play two matches in one day, breezing past another home duo, Haktan Dogan and Osman Uyhan, 21-11 21-8 in the quarter-finals before their semi-final victory over German pair Peter Kaesbauer and Johannes Pistorius 21-11 21-19 booked them a place in Thursday’s final.

 

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