Multiple successes for U17 Scots in France

While the eyes of the world were being drawn to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships, some young Scottish talent was lighting up the Babolat French U17 International.

Rachel Sugden breezed through to the women's singles final with a series of straight set victories, including one over her compatriot Erin Waddell, before dispatching Swede Cecilia Wang with a 21-16 21-15 victory in the final. Cecilia Wang had previously eliminated Rachel Cameron, while her fellow Swede Miranda Johansson had eliminated Alice Campbell.

There was further success for Scotland in the mixed doubles event, with second seeds Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew looking impressive en route to a 21-19 21-4 victory in the final. As Rachel Sugden did in women’s singles, Adam and Rachel progressed through the entire event without the need to play a third game in any of their matches. Joshua Apiliga and Rachel Sugden also made a run for the final before being stopped by eventual finalists Gustav Bjorkler and Edith Urell.

There was a shock first round defeat in men’s singles for first seed Adam Pringle, although he did make up for it with the victory in mixed doubles. Elsewhere in the men’s singles draw, furthest progression was made by Joshua Apiliga, who went down to eventual winner Tomas Toledano in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s doubles, Apiliga and Pringle were the only Scots to progress past the first round, before ultimately suffering defeat in the quarter-finals.