With the 2017 edition of the Scottish Open fast approaching, here’s a recap of some of the most thrilling British moments on court from last year’s tournament to whet the appetite.
Childhood dream come true for Hall
The undisputed favourites of the Emirates Arena crowds were men’s doubles pairing Adam Hall and Peter Mills, who stormed to the final in just their sixth tournament since teaming up two months before.
Hall first attended the Scottish Open as a seven-year-old and had even worked as a line judge at the event.
But this time the Scot was in the spotlight and, with Mills, came close to being crowned champion as they drew level with Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard at 19-19 in the second set, having won the first 21-15.
The Danish duo showed why they had come into the tournaments as top seeds though, upping the intensity to close out the second set and then take the final set 21-15.
Semi-finals for seed-slayers Smith and Walker
The women’s doubles offering was just as strong and Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker dropped just one set en route to the semi-final.
Making it past the quarter-finals seemed unlikely as the English shuttlers faced third seeds Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen.
But, after a challenging first set, they saw the Danes off with relative ease playing with impressive unity in the second to win 21-19 21-16.
Despite putting up a valiant battle against Malaysia’s Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Teoh Mei Xing in the semi-finals, Smith and Walker missed out on the final, losing 21-18 21-17 with their opponents going on to finish as runners up overall.
Doubles trouble for English pairs
Smith capped off the home nations’ doubles success with a quarter-finals appearance alongside Matthew Nottingham in the mixed competition.
The pair took the first set against Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai, but the Malaysian duo powered through the next two sets and went on to top the podium overall.
Ben Lane and Jess Pugh also had a challenging draw when they reached the same stage and were unable to overcome top seeds Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy of India.
Topsy-turvy time for Merrilees
The effect of the home crowds was obvious as Kieran Merrilees sped through the first two rounds of the men’s singles in straight sets, first defeating England’s Yuehang Wang 21-10 21-20, before downing Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Ching-hung 21-13 21-13.
The Scot provided fans with an emotional rollercoaster in his third-round match against the Netherland’s Mark Caljouw – he clung onto the first set for as long as he could, but eventually lost out 25-23.
Merrilees played some sublime shots to come back and take the second set 21-18, only to lose out 21-16 in the third after almost an hour of play.
Englishman Sam Parsons also reached the third round before going down in three sets 16-21 21-15 21-15 to eventual runner up Joo Ven Soong.
Tickets on sale now
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Scottish Open at EventBrite with a 50% discount available on tickets purchased by 22 October.