April

Perfect Day Sees Scottish Shuttlers Advance

Scottish badminton enjoyed a perfect day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as five pairs advanced in doubles competition in the Gold Coast, without a single game being dropped.

Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall efficiently booked their place in the last 16 of the men’s doubles as they dispatched Kervin Ghislain and Steve Malcouzane of the Seychelles 21-7 21-13.

And as they gear up for a clash against Barbados duo Dakeil Thorpe and Cory Fanus in the next round, Hall is targeting at least a last-eight spot.

“We're aiming for the quarter-finals as a minimum,” he said. “It's difficult competing with nations like Malaysia, but if we could make it that far, it would be the best win of our lives.”

The Scottish pair took 11 minutes to claim the first game against Ghislain and Malcouzane and only 60 seconds longer to seal the second, although Dunn was impressed by their opponents.

“The players from Seychelles were quite good, but we also played well, and we felt very comfortable playing against them,” he explained.

“They aren't known as a badminton nation, but it's really good to see them coming through and developing. I hope they'll keep progressing.”

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh are also into the last 16 of the men’s doubles as they advanced beyond Abraham Ayittey and Michael Opoku Baah of Ghana.

The Scots took 24 minutes to win the first game 21-9 and the second 21-12 to set up a match against fourth seeds Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura of Canada.

In the women’s doubles, another Seychelles pair were put to the sword as Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell cruised past Juliette Ah Wan and Allisen Camille 21-10 21-10.

The first game took the Scots 12 minutes and then they rode a streak of nine consecutive points at one juncture in the second game to prevail in 11 minutes.

Meanwhile, Campbell and MacPherson earlier teamed up and wasted little time in booking their spot in the last 32 of the mixed doubles.

The Scottish duo took just 18 minutes to dispatch Murad Ali and Mahoor Shahzad of Pakistan 21-5 21-6 and will next face third-seeded English pair Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

Dunn and O’Donnell are also through to the last 32 after their Kenyan opponents Victor Munga and Mercy Joseph withdrew, and a clash with Sri Lankan duo Buwaneka Goonethilleka and Kavidi Sirimannage now awaits.