Silver for Grimley in Cyprus Junior

Christopher Grimley admits he was proud to reach the Cyprus Junior Under-19 Championship final, despite a tight defeat.

The 18-year-old was beaten in 37 minutes 21-14 21-16 by Vietnam’s Nguyen Hai Dang, after a determined effort which proved his worth as the tournament’s third seed.

He admitted, though, that his performance in the final was not up to his usual standards.

“I was happy to reach the final here,” he said.

“I played good in parts of the match today but didn’t manage to perform my best.”

His disappointment comes after a strong tournament in Cyprus, where he enjoyed a first-round bye before wins over Samuel Cassar and Karl Kert in the second and third rounds.

He then defeated Spain’s Carlos Piris in the singles quarter-final, coming from a game behind to win 22-20 18-21 18-21.

Grimley continued his impressive run of form as he triumphed over Italian Enrico Baroni in the semis, easing to a 21-13 21-7 victory.

Despite his 17-year-old opponent Nguyen halting his path to the title, Grimley is unperturbed by his defeat.

The Glaswegian is already looking ahead to his next challenge in Dubrovnik at the Valamar Junior Open, where he faces Cyprien Samson, the French 16-year-old, on Thursday April 26.

“Hopefully I can keep up the good results for my next competition in Croatia in two weeks’ time,” he said.