November

Scots top group 6 with second win in Prague

Rachel Andrew and Adam Pringle inspired Scotland to their second win of the European U17 Team Championships with a dominant showing over Austria.

Whilst his older siblings Ciar and Caitlin were making their mark in Glasgow by qualifying for the main draw of the Scottish Open mixed doubles, Pringle and his partner made light work of their opening mixed doubles match against Anna Hagspiel and Michael Tomic, taking just 21 minutes to wrap up a 21-16 21-14 win at the tournament in Prague.

Nicolas Rudolf soon restored parity for Austria though, defeating Scotland’s Joshua Apiliga 21-13 21-17 in the men’s singles.

Rachel Sugden was next on court in the women’s singles and put the advantage firmly back in Scotland’s hands.

Facing Melanie Pohanka, Sugden needed just 16 minutes – the shortest match of the tie – to defeat the Austrian shuttler 21-6 21-8.

It was a commanding performance too from Apiliga and Pringle in the men’s doubles, prevailing 21-6 21-9 against Gustav Andree and Tobias Rudolf to secure the win for Scotland.

But there was still time for Andrew and Rachel Cameron to shine in the women’s doubles, though it proved the only match to go to three games as the Scots eventually triumphed 21-12 26-28 21-18 over Hagspiel and Lena Kremmel.

Scotland will face Croatia tomorrow at 18.00hrs local time in the final group match, with the winner of the tie progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition.

Full results at www.tournamentsoftware.com