Grimley in pole position for GB selection despite Valamar semi-final loss

Despite a spirited performance in the Valamar Junior Open semi-final, Christopher Grimley was edged out of a place in the final.

But the result leaves the young Scot in pole position to be selected for the Team GB squad for the Youth Olympic Games later this year after his main rival for the singles spot, England’s Zach Russ, fell at the quarter-final stage.

Although the squad is still to be confirmed by Team GB, Grimley was ahead of Russ in the rankings going into the Valamar event and with the qualification period having come to an end, there is now no way for the Englishman to overtake Grimley in the rankings.

Grimley was in high spirits afterwards: “I played well against Toti in quarter final and just lost out in the semi-final with a few mistakes towards the end of each set.

“I’m happy with the tournament overall because now I have secured a spot for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

“That was one of my goals for the season and it means a lot.”

The day started well, as an action-packed Saturday saw the 18-year-old, who was third seed for the tournament, overcome seventh seed Italian Giovanni Toti with a hard-fought 21-19 21-10 victory in the quarter-finals.

It took Grimley just 32 minutes to despatch his 17-year-old opponent, leaving him in good stead ahead of the semi-final.

Come the afternoon, Grimley could not replicate his earlier form and fell short as Tomas Toledano beat him in 36 minutes with straight games.

The first game saw the Scot narrowly miss out with a 21-19 defeat, but Grimley pushed the second set to the end, with Toledano eventually prevailing with a 23-21 win.

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