December

Irish Open - Day 1 Update

Adam Hall and Ciara Torrance held their nerve to book their place in the first round of the FZ FORZA Irish Open mixed doubles after victory in qualification on Monday.


Hall and Torrance came out on top 21-19 21-17 against England's Victor Liew and Australian Ann-Louise Slee in Dublin.


They now face Danish pair Emil Lauritzen and Elisa Melgaard, who defeated Rik Hermans and Stine Andersen.


In the men’s doubles, Matthew Carder and Danny Leinster pulled off a thrilling victory against French pairing Mathieu Gangloff and Tom Rodrigues.


After a comfortable opening game which the Scots claimed 21-11, their French counterparts landed a blow after a dramatic second game, eventually taking it 23-21.


But Carder and Leinster did not let this affect their attitude and won a tense decider 21-18 in the final action of the day.


They now must negotiate a tricky encounter against New Zealanders Jonathan Curtin and Dylan Soedjasa for a place in the round of 16.


Elsewhere in the men’s doubles, Sameer Scott Aamir and Shaun Ally Aamir came up against the strong German pairing of Tim Fischer and Hauke Graalman, with the Scottish duo losing 21-8 in both games.


And it was also not to be for Scotland’s men’s singles representatives as four of them bowed out in the first round of qualification.


Leinster looked on course for victory after a dominant opening game against Spaniard Alvaro Vasquez, with the Scot coming out on top 21-12 and looking good value for his lead.


But Vasquez rallied and hit back to take the second and third sets 21-15 21-13, completing an impressive comeback.


Ciar Pringle put up a brave display but lost out 21-16 21-17 to France’s ninth seed Vincent Medina, while Sameer Scott Aamir was defeated 21-13 21-16 against Poland’s Adrian Dziolko.


And Chinese Taipei’s Yong Sheng Lin proved too good for Jack MacGregor, the Scot losing out 21-14 21-18.