April

Grimley through to Valamar quarter-finals

Christopher Grimley’s fine form continued in Croatia as he made the Valamar Junior Open quarter-final with two wins on Friday.

The 18-year-old overcame Spain’s Joan Monroy in the third round before downing ninth seeded German Brian Holtschke in the same day.

Looking to give himself the best hope possible of qualifying for this year’s Youth Olympic Games, the Scot will be keen to replicate his wins from the Swedish Junior and Hellas Junior International tournaments earlier this year.

After a bye in the first round and Thursday’s win over France’s Cyprien Samson, Grimley began his Friday with a 21-11 21-13 victory over Monroy.

Having stated on Thursday that he expected a tougher test than against Samson, that was not forthcoming as he eased into the fourth round in just 26 minutes.

Next up was Holtschke and Grimley went into it in confident mood having beaten the ninth seed at last year’s Estonian Junior, coming from behind to win 4-11 11-7 11-8 11-8.

And while Holtschke once again put up a good fight in the opener, Grimley was equal to the task and ran out a 21-18 21-14 victor.

That sets up a quarter-final clash against seventh seed Giovanni Toti, with Grimley looking to go as deep into the competition as possible to collect maximum ranking points in his quest to be selected for the Youth Olympics Team GB squad.

Speaking afterwards, Christopher said: "I felt today went well, I played a good game against the Spanish boy in the morning and it was slightly harder.

"Then I played Holtschke which I knew would be quite tough with a close first set and easier second set.

"Of course I’m thinking of the Youth Olympics but at the moment I just try to forget about it and treat it like another competition."