U17 & U19 action gets underway in Estonia

Matthew Grimley enjoyed double delight after recording not one, but two victories on the opening day of the YONEX Estonian Junior 2017. Grimley was among a number of Scottish youngsters in action in Tartu, with his brother Christopher also taking to the court on an entertaining day of badminton.

That included a brace of victories for Matthew, the first of those coming against Ernesto Baschwitz of Spain, winning 11-7 11-5 9-11 11-7 in just shy of half an hour.

And it was to get better with a straight games victory in his next clash, overcoming Finland’s Jesper Paul 12-10 11-8 11-6.

There was also a win for Christopher, seeded eighth for the competition, though he had to come from behind in order to get the better of German’s Brian Holtschke, eventually winning 4-11 11-7 11-8 11-8.

It wasn’t to be for Lloyd Holland though, losing his men’s singles clash to Anton Monnberg, though he and Jack Riddell received a walkover in the men’s doubles and will play again on Saturday.

The competition continues with the Grimley brothers in singles action, while they will also team up in the men’s doubles – looking to make the most of their top-seed status.

Friday also saw Scotland’s under-17 talents take to the court – with Michael Mcguire certainly experiencing a day busier than most.

But nothing was quite as impressive as his opener in Estonia, defeating third seed Alexander Nikulin 13-11 11-8 12-10 to take his place in the next round.

He wasn’t to stop there, beating home favourite Morten Karjus 11-1 11-8 11-9 to set up a Saturday match with fifth seed Jonas Petkus.

That won’t be their first meeting in this competition either, with Petkus and Lithuanian partner Laurynas Borusas defeating Mcguire and Danny Robson in the men’s doubles.

The game was not without its drama, the Scottish pair twice leading before eventually missing out 6-11 11-8 8-11 11-7 11-6.

Robson also played in the men’s singles, losing to Yevhen Kobzar – the seventh seed – 11-9 11-6 11-7.