Scotland’s doubles pairs in good form at World Junior Championships

Scotland’s juniors enjoyed a successful second day at the Individual World Junior Championships in Yogyarta, Indonesia.

In one of the first matches on court Matthew Grimley and Lauren Middleton recorded a good win over American opposition in the mixed doubles, coming from a game down to beat Brian Zhu and Rina Yan 19-21 21-12 21-19.

Ciar Pringle and Rachel Sugden also found the going tough, beating Czech duo Jan Janostik and Lucie Krpatova 21-16 19-21 21-14 but it was an easier affair for Matthew’s twin brother Christopher and Ciara Torrance, who won 21-15 21-17 against Macau’s Pang Fong Pui and Xue Xin Gong.

Middleton and Torrance then returned to the court in girls’ doubles, showing great character to save a match point on the way to beating Russia’s Anastasiia Semenova and Anastasiia Shapovalova 14-21 23-21 21- 16.

They play their third round in girls’ doubles tomorrow and Christopher and Matthew Grimley, seeded eighth in boys’ doubles, also have a third round to look forward to tomorrow having beaten Swiss pair David Orteu and Julien Scheiwiller 21-7 21-14.

All six Scotland players will be back in action later tonight in the mixed doubles second round.

Yesterday Middleton and Torrance had started the day with a win for Scotland in round one of the girls’ doubles but things went downhill from there with difficult opening matches for all the Scots in the singles events.

Up against Malaysian fourth seed Jun Hao Leong, Matthew Grimley was always on the back foot and succumbed to defeat courtesy of a 21-13 21-12 scoreline while Pringle was beaten 21-6 21-14 by fifth seed Ruttanapak Oupthong of Thailand.

Although not facing seeded opposition, Christopher Grimley  didn’t fare any better against Georgii Karpov, beaten 21-14 21-19  by the Russian to end Scotland’s hopes in boys’ singles and both Sugden and Middleton also suffered first round losses.

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