YONEX Hungarian International Review

Holly Newall and Ciara Torrance impressed to reach the quarter-finals of the YONEX Hungarian International  - missing out to the eventual Russian champions.


Newall and Torrance started their campaign in Budapest with a three-game triumph over Alzbeta Basova and Michaela Fuchsova of the Czech Republic in the first round. Having taken the first game comfortably, Basova and Fuchsova levelled in the second but that proved little issue for the Scots, easily winning the decider to clinch a 21-19 17-21 21-14 victory.


They eased past Ioanna Karetsa and Krestina Silich in the second round, prevailing 21-8 21-8, before meeting second seeds Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova in the last eight.


Despite a valiant effort from Newall and Torrance, they were unlucky to miss out in straight games, their Russian opponents progressing with a 21-16 21-17 success.


It was a quarter-final finish too for the Grimley brothers, missing out in straight games at the hands of Danish duo Joel Eipe and Philip Seerup.

The Scots didn’t drop a game on their way to the last eight, defeating Canadian qualifiers Phillipe Charron and Maxime Tétreault 21-12 21-8 in the first round before toppling Finnish second seeds Henri Aarnio and Iikka Heino 21-17 21-16.


In the mixed doubles, Torrance and Kiwi partner Oliver Leydon-Davis reached the last eight before falling to defeat to Russian third seeds, while in the women’s doubles, top seeds Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell reached the second round.


As well as her women’s doubles run to the quarters, Newall also progressed to the main draw of the singles, having gone through the qualification rounds without dropping a game. But it wasn’t to be as she missed out on the second round with defeat to fellow qualifier Reka Madarasz, the Hungarian triumphing 21-14 21-15.


Full results can be found on tournament software.