November

Three Scots into the U17 European quarter-finals

Rachel Sugden led the way for Scotland on day three of the European U17 Championships as she progressed to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles with two wins in a day.

Also joining her in progressing to the penultimate day of competition in Prague were Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew, as they reached the last eight of the mixed doubles.

Sugden, the 11th seed, began her day with a comfortable 21-14 21-12 victory over Greece’s Dimitra Kalomira Kroystalli in the third round.

That win set up a clash with Hungarian fourth seed Kitti Szotak and the Scot showed no respect for their respective seedings as she clinched a 21-12 26-24 victory.

From 7-7 in the first game Sugden surged away, winning 14 of the next 19 points – including a run of five unanswered – to take the opener.

The second was a much tighter affair, with neither player ever establishing a lead of more than three points.

But, having spurned four match points already, she clinched the vital two points needed to edge it 26-24 and end the encounter after 28 minutes.

Pringle and Andrew, seeded fifth, took just 23 minutes to ease past Finland’s Tony Lindeloef and Jannica Monnberg 21-17 21-16 in their third-round encounter.

And the Scots returned to court less than two hours later to record another Scandinavian victory, this time downing Swedish ninth seeds Ludvig Petre Olsson and Sofia Larsson 21-17 21-9.

There was less success for Joshua Apiliga in the men’s singles however, as he went down 21-11 18-21 21-9 to Germany’s Matthias Kicklitz – the 11th seed – in the third round.

And it did not get much better in the men’s doubles as Apiliga and Pringle, seeded second, were defeated 21-15 21-15 by England’s David Hong and Ethan van Leeuwen in the second round.

Alastair Campbell and Josh McKay fared little better in their second-round match against Russia’s Egor Kholkin and Georgii Lebedev, losing 21-7 21-7.

Scotland will also have no representatives in the women’s double quarter-finals after Alice Campbell and Sugden were beaten by England’s Abbygael Harris and Hope Warner, 21-13 21-16 in the second round.

Photos by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe