Successful day for the Scots at the FORZA Irish Open

Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell ensured Scotland’s second day at the FZ FORZA Irish Open ended in impressive style with victory to take them to the next round.


The third seeds eased past Vera Ellingsen and Vilde Espeseth 21-13 21-11 in Dublin, their second win of the day after getting the better of Vytaute Fomkinaite and Gerda Voitechovskaja.


Both games were to follow similar style too, with the last contest against the Danish pair seeing Macpherson and O’Donnell held tightly in the opening stages.


But, finding their groove, the lead quickly became substantial, taking five consecutive points in the first game and six straight points in the second to wrap up victory.


They were not the only victorious Scottish pairs as Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall – also third seeds – prevailed in straight games against Danish opposition.


Their 21-14 21-10 win over Rasmus Kaeseler and Andreas Soendergaard was their second of the day, now set to face Pawel Smilowski and Przemyslaw Szydlowski on Thursday.


But the biggest shock of the day was to be caused by Matthew Carder and Danny Leinster, overcoming Jonathan Curtin and Dylan Soedjasa in three thrilling games.


Trailing 1-0 after losing the first game 21-16, they were to bounce back in superb style to take the next two games 21-12 and 21-19, though their competition ended in defeat to Smilowski and Szydlowski.


Hall and Ciara Torrance were too to beat seeded opposition, defeating Matthew Clarke and Victoria Williams of England 23-21 21-12.


That was not to be Torrance’s only win of the evening, teaming up with England’s Grace King in the women’s doubles where they won without dropping a game against English opposition.


It wasn’t to be for Jack MacGregor and Ciar Pringle however, winning the first game but eventually missing out to seventh seeds Danes Frederik Aalestrup and Mathias Moldt Baskjaer.


The pair had won the first game 21-19, but the Danes roared back with the last two games to progress in Dublin.


Defeat also fell the way of Dunn and O’Donnell as a pair – but that wasn’t without an extremely credible performance against the top seeds on home courts.


Facing off with Sam and Chloe Magee, the Scottish duo battled to take the second game, but the decider proved narrowly out of reach in one of the most thrilling matches of the day.


The Irish Open continues on Thursday, with a whole host of Scottish talent in action throughout the day.