The second day of the Czech Open provided mixed fortunes for the Scottish players still competing in Brno. By the end of play, the Scottish contingent would be reduced to just 3 players represented across 2 disciplines.
In men’s doubles, the day started well for Christopher and Matthew Grimley with a victory over Czech opposition that saw them join their more experienced compatriots, Adam Hall and Alex Dunn, in the main draw. At least, there would be time for Christopher and Matthew to get some rest between games as their main draw match was scheduled to be played last on the day. Unfortunately, further progression wasn’t to be for the Grimleys as they went down 21-16 21-19 against India’s Arun George and Sanyam Shukla. It was a different story for Adam and Alex though, as they recorded a convincing victory over Slovakia’s Milan Dratva and Matej Hlinican 21-10 21-16 to earn a match against England’s Robert Golding and Victor Liew today.
Adam Hall also found time to qualify for the second round of mixed doubles with his partner Ciara Torrance as they triumphed 21-17 21-17 in an all-British affair against Sean Vendy and Sarah Walker of England.
*Update 29/09/2017 11:45* Adam and Ciara defeated Denmark’s Lasse Molhede and Line Norgaard 21-17 10-21 21-11 to qualify for the quarter-finals of mixed doubles, which will be played later today.
Not long before, Ciara had taken to court with Holly Newall in women’s doubles, vying for a place in the main draw as they faced Switzerland’s Nadia Fankhauser and Iris Tabeling from the Netherlands. Despite their best efforts, the Scottish duo struggled against their international opposition and recorded a loss, 21-15 21-8.
There was another all-British affair in men’s singles with Kieran Merrilees taking on England’s Toby Penty. In an interesting encounter, Penty eventually came out on top, winning 21-17 12-21 21-6.
Full schedule and results are available at tournament software.