Silver for Grimleys in Czech Junior

Christopher and Matthew Grimley came up just short in their bid to lift the Czech Junior doubles title after they were beaten by their English rivals.

The Scottish brothers had been in impressive form in Orlová-Lutyně, living up to their top seed billing to progress all the way to Sunday’s final.

That included a straight game victory over Ukrainian fifth seeds Glib Beketov and Ivan Medynskiy in the quarter-finals and Germany’s Brian Holtschke and Malte Wagner in the semi-finals.

But in England’s Zach Russ and Steven Stallwood, seeded second, they knew they would face their toughest challenge yet, despite being ranked higher than their opponents.

And so it proved as the Englishmen took the opening game 21-13 to seize the early initiative.

The Grimleys refused to let their heads drop and kept battling but Russ and Stallwood maintained the pressure to take the second game by the same scoreline, and with it clinch the title.

That was the second match of the day for Christopher who also took the court beforehand in the semi-finals of the men’s singles.

Facing him on the other side of the net was top seed Christian Savin of Moldova but Grimley was initially unmoved, grinding out the opening game 21-19 to nudge ahead.

Savin was not the highest ranked player for no reason though and he replied to level the match by taking the second game 21-15.

He wrapped up the decider 21-11 to secure his passage into the final where he was eventually beaten by Belgium second seed Julien Carraggi.

Fourth seed Grimley can still hold his head high though after reaching the semi-finals in the singles event and finishing as runner up alongside his brother in the doubles.