November

Scottish siblings star in qualification as Pringles and Grimleys reach main draw

The Pringle and Grimley siblings ensured Scottish Open Grand Prix qualification was a family affair as all four sealed their spot in the main draw.

After receiving a walkover in first-round qualifying, Ciar and Caitlin Pringle were the first Scots to make it through to the main draw, defeating Alex and Cristen Marritt 21-11 21-11 in the mixed doubles.

The duo will take on England’s Alexander Cook and Zoe King on Thursday and Caitlin believes their family bond could help them through once more.

“We’ve just started playing together, but it’s quite funny because I’m the older sister so I’m still in charge,” she joked.

“It’s good because you’ve got easy communication, you know what the other is thinking a bit more and we train together more.

“We started off attacking in the game and that gave us the edge, then we were on the attack and they were a bit deflated.”

Chris and Matt Grimley swiftly followed suit in the men’s singles, as both came through English encounters in each of the first two rounds.

Chris defeated Henry Prothero and Ethan Rose, while twin brother Matt was victorious over Nathan Rossiter and Sam Lyle.

The 17-year-olds now prepare for the first round of elimination, where Chris faces Ukraine’s Artem Pochtarov and Matt takes on former English national champion Sam Parsons.

Englishman Alex Marritt proved age is just a number as he got the better of Ciar Pringle in the men’s singles.

The 39-year-old defeated his 18-year-old opponent 21-14 21-17 to claim a spot in the main draw at the Scot’s expense.

Marritt also bagged himself a place in the men’s doubles main draw alongside Rossiter after the English pair defeated Pringle and Jack Macgregor.

But the home country got its revenge in the very last match of qualification, as Danny Leinster and Steven Stewart beat England’s Mark Law and Viknesh Rajendran 21-14 21-13 to take their place in the main draw.

Meanwhile, making her Scottish Open debut, Ireland’s Rachael Darragh reigned supreme in the women’s singles, coming through qualification without dropping a game with her reward being a first round match against England’s Chloe Birch.

With the qualifying rounds complete, attention turns to the main draw of the men’s singles, which gets underway at 17.30hrs.

Results, draws and schedules are at www.tournamentsoftware.com

The Scottish Open Grand Prix is being staged at the Emirates Arena by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Tickets are on sale at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk or at the Emirates Arena box office.