A large Scottish contingent took on some of Europe’s most talented juniors today in the Danish Junior Cup and the U17 Junior Cup, held just 20 minutes apart on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
In the under 17 men’s singles competition, several young Scots were able to progress past some tough opposition. Callum Smith (seeded 15th) and Michael McGuire (seeded 5th) were both able to progress with victories in straight games, while Calum Flockhart managed to overcome losing a second set to defeat his German opponent in a three game thriller, 21-18 18-21 21-12. Unfortunately Jamie Gunn, Isaac Weir and Lewis Hart were unable to win their first round matches.
In the women’s singles, Erin Waddell secured a 21-16 21-17 victory over her Danish opponent but her compatriot Jodie Harris was unable to progress, despite winning a game, as Denmark’s Cici Pedersen won 21-19 20-22 21-17.
A difficult day in men’s doubles meant that none of our Scottish pairs progressed to the second round, with Calum Flockhart & Callum Smith, Jamie Gunn & Michael McGuire and Lewis Hart & Isaac Weir all suffering defeat at the hands of Danish opposition.
Testament to the quality of the Danish juniors in the various draws, Jodie Harris and Erin Waddell also suffered defeat at the hands of a Danish pair in women’s doubles, while the Scottish mixed doubles pairings each failed to progress past Danish opposition, despite Calum Smith and Erin Waddell fighting to a third set against Lasse Nielsen and Maria Moller.
In the Junior Cup, the older Scottish players faced a less busy, but equally as tough, day of play in men’s and women’s singles.
Joshua Apiliga started his day with a confident victory over Switzerland’s Minh Quang Pham but his progression was halted in the second round by Denmark’s Magnus Johannesen. Fellow team member, Adam Pringle, also took on Danish opposition in the form of Nikolaj Mangor – but unfortunately couldn’t progress as the Dane won the encounter in 2 games.
Rachel Cameron took on Switzerland’s Indira Dickhaeuser, but was unable to defeat the Swiss junior in a match that ended 21-13 21-18 in favour of Dickhaeuser.
The quality of the opposition involved meant that it was always going to be difficult for some of the Scottish juniors to progress, but playing against such strong competition must be seen as a valuable experience for the young Scots.