Christopher and Matthew Grimley are the last Scots standing at the World Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The Glasgow based seventeen year-olds, seeded eighth in the boys’ doubles, saw off the challenge from unseeded Danish pair Rasmus Prasz and Mads Thogersen, coming from behind to reach the last-sixteen with a 17-21 21-15 21-13 win after 41 minutes.
Standing in the way of a place in the quarter-finals are Taipei pair Chuang Pu Sheng and Lin Yu Chieh, who came through their own three-game battle today to see off Thailand’s Weeraphat Phakjarung and Panthorn Saengvanich 21-15 16-21 21-16.
Christopher already has a European medal to his name, having won boys’ singles bronze last year at the U17 European Junior Championships in Poland.
He and his brother now stand just two wins away from matching that achievement at World Championships level as a semi-final place would guarantee at least a bronze medal.
However the young Scots will face stiff competition if they want to achieve that ambition. A win over the Chinese Taipei pair would earn them a quarter-final match against strong opposition from either Indonesia or India, who finished fifth and sixth respectively in last week’s World Junior Team Championships.
In the first match on court today Matthew and Lauren Middleton were knocked out of the mixed doubles by Indonesia’s eleventh seeds Rinov Rinaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari and there was further disappointment later in the afternoon for Middleton and Ciara Torrance in girls’ doubles when they were beaten by seventh seeds Supisara Paewsampran and Kwanchanok Sudjaipraparat of Thailand.
The Grimleys are scheduled to play their last-sixteen match tomorrow. They will be the fourth match on court three in the session which is due to start at 14.30hrs local time (08.30 BST).
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