Strong start for Scotland against Slovakia

Scotland’s young stars got their European Under-17 Team Championship campaign off to the perfect start with a 4-1 win over Slovakia.


Rachel Andrew and Adam Pringle were first up on court in Prague for the Scots, and set the bar high for their teammates as they battled to a 21-18 16-21 21-12 victory over Jakub Horak and Mia Tarcalova in the mixed doubles.


The Slovakian pair had restored parity in the second game, but Andrew and Pringle proved too strong as they clinched the win in 32 minutes.


In the ensuing men’s singles, Joshua Apiliga made light work of his clash with Andrej Antoska, requiring little more than 20 minutes to seal a 21-15 21-17 triumph.


Slovakia pulled a match back in the women’s singles, however, in a thriller between Rachel Sugden and Mia Tarcalova.


In a remarkable opening game, Tarcalova took first blood with a 26-24 win, before Sugden drew level with a 21-9 victory in the second game.


But Tarcalova refused to be toppled, finding her strength once again in the deciding game to defeat Sugden 21-13.


But Apiliga and Pringle sealed the win for Scotland in the men’s doubles, easing past Antoska and Horak 21-18 24-22 in just 24 minutes.


And it was an easy victory too for Andrew and Rachel Cameron in the women’s doubles, triumphing over Katarina Csonkova and Alexandra Remenova 21-8 21-12.


Scotland will play Austria in their next fixture today.