Scotland beat Bulgaria at World Junior Championships

Scotland have beaten Bulgaria in their second match of the day at the World Junior Championships, currently being held in Indonesia.

Matthew Grimley got the Scots off to a good start with a 21-14 21-13 win in the boys’ singles before Scotland were pegged back to 1-1 when Rachel Sugden lost her girls’ singles 21-15 21-16 to Maria Delcheva.

Scotland’s lead was restored when Christopher and Matthew Grimley took a straightforward 21-8 21-3 win in the boys’ doubles but Bulgaria levelled the scoreline again with victory in the girls’ doubles, Delcheca and Hristomira Popovska beating Sugden and Ciara Torrance 21-16 21-13.

But Torrance returned to the court with Christopher Grimley to win the decisive mixed doubles 21-13 21-15 to secure a 3-2 win for Scotland.

Earlier today Scotland had faced a difficult opening match against joint third seeds France.

Christopher Grimley and Ciar Pringle scored Scotland’s only win, coming from behind to beat Thom Gicquel and Leo Rossi 14-21 21-12 21-13 in the boys’ doubles.

But defeats for Pringle and Torrance in mixed doubles, Matthew Grimley and Lauren Middleton in boys’ and girls’ singles respectively, and Middleton and Sugden in girls’ doubles gave the strong French team a 4-1 win.

Head Coach Robert Blair said: "We played both our group games on day 1 to decide what places we will be playing for.  We started against France where players took time adapting to the windy hall that is far hotter than our players are used to.  Despite some spirited performances including a win for Ciar & Chris against one half of last years European Junior Champions, we lost 4-1.

"The important match was against Bulgaria to ensure we play for 17-32 place.  They had a strong girls side but could not compete with our boys and as expected the match was decided on the mixed.  Chris & Ciara played well and forged early leads to maintain the pressure, winning comfortably in 2 sets.  We will return tomorrow to play South Africa in the evening barring an unlikely upset of France against Bulgaria."

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