April

Grimley reaches final of Cyprus Junior

Christopher Grimley admitted he is pleased with his consistent form as he gets set for a tilt at the Cyprus Junior Under-19 Championship title.

The third seed enjoyed a terrific Saturday in Nicosia as he downed Spaniard Carlos Piris and Italian Enrico Baroni in respective quarter and semi-finals of the singles.

But the teenager didn’t have it all his own way, being forced to come from a game behind against Piris on his way to sealing his place in Sunday’s final, where he will take on Vietnamese shuttler Nguyen Hai Dang.

Grimley started on the back foot against last-eight opponent Piris with the latter edging a tense opening game 22-20.

However, rather than rolling over, the 18-year-old rallied and took the next two 21-18 21-18 to propel himself into the final four.

And he seemed to grow more confident as the day went on, dispatching Baroni with relative ease as he swept to a 21-13 21-7 triumph.

On Friday, Grimley had safely negotiated his matches with Malta’s Samuel Cassar and Estonian Karl Kert to book his place in this morning’s quarter-final clash with Piris.

After receiving a bye in the opening round, Grimley overpowered Cassar 21-15 21-16 and kept up the momentum with a 21-12 21-17 triumph over Kert in the third.

Grimley said he was pleased with the consistency he has shown over the weekend and is relishing Sunday’s championship decider with his Vietnamese counterpart.

“I’ve played well throughout the tournament, I'm really happy to reach the final here in Cyprus,” he said.
“I will be playing against Nguyen which will be tough but I will give it my best shot.”