December

Scotland going strong in Yonex Welsh Open

Ciar Pringle and Ciara Torrance are gunning for a place in the Yonex Welsh International mixed doubles quarter-finals after powering their way to the second round of the mixed doubles.

Pringle and Torrance, seeded fifth, took just 20 minutes to negotiate their way past Swiss duo Silvan Furrer and Chantal von Rotz in their opening match.

Their victory sets up a second-round clash with Polish duo Przemyslaw Szydlowski and Kornelia Marczak, who defeated Norwegians Carl Christian Mork and Elisa Wiborg in their first-round encounter.

Pringle enjoyed a terrific day at the office, also progressing with Jack MacGregor to the second round of the men’s doubles after a convincing 21-11 21-13 triumph over Jorgen Rosenlund and Mattias Xu of Norway who were seeded eighth.

And they must negotiate another Scandinavian obstacle if they are to get to the quarter-finals, with Soren Hald and Oliver Thomsen of Denmark standing in their way on Friday afternoon.

Torrance also went through in the women’s doubles with Danish partner Sofie Nyvang, the pair defeating England’s Rosemary Allen and Lisa Elliot 21-11 21-17.

Scotland’s success in the men’s doubles continued, with Matthew Carder and Ben Torrance, Ciara’s older brother, also booking their place in the second round.

Carder and Torrance beat Danes Oliver Lee Nowak and Jeppe Theisen Pedersen 21-15 21-19 but face a stern test next time around in the form of French duo Eloi Adam and Samy Corvee, the second seeds who cruised past English pair Jed Arksey and David Robertson.

In addition to his doubles success, Torrance will also feature in the second round of the men’s singles after his opening match against Croatia’s Filip Spoljarec went the distance.

Torrance looked in good shape as he claimed the opening game 21-10, but surrendered the second 21-19 as his opponent rallied.

But Torrance held his nerve and cranked his game up another gear, eventually easing home in the third 21-11 to set up a clash with Danish fifth seed Soren Toft Hansen.

It was not to be for MacGregor and Toni Woods in the mixed doubles. Despite a spirited fightback after going a game down, the pair eventually bowed out 21-17 20-22 21-13 to England’s Michael Roe and Jessica Hopton.

Woods was beaten 21-11 21-7 by French fifth seed Yaelle Hoyaux in the women’s singles, while Carder suffered a shock departure in the men’s singles, also to French opposition.

Despite taking the first game 21-15 against Leo Rossi, Scotland’s second seed lost the next two 21-17 21-19.

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