Christopher and Matthew Grimley continued their successful start to the new season, adding the Yonex Lithuanian Junior men’s doubles title to the Bulgarian Junior International title they picked up last weekend.
Fantastic performances in the singles competition also saw Christopher claim that title, while Matthew almost set up an all-Scottish final, losing narrowly in the semi-finals.
The young Scots justified their No.1 seeding in the doubles, with victories over pairs from Lithuania, Finland, Poland and Germany, as they secured their medals without dropping a single game.
Expectations were high going into the tournament, after their doubles success last weekend, but the pressure didn’t impact on how the brothers played - with Matthew saying afterwards:
“We were confident going into this tournament as we felt that we had been playing well recently and so we expected to get far in the doubles.”
That confidence was well placed, as the Scots defeated Germany’s Brian Holtschke and Lukas Resch 21-12 21-14 in the final.
In the singles event, Christopher overcame Estonian opposition to secure his place in the final, although he missed out on playing an all-Scottish final, as Matthew was defeated by Germany’s Lukas Resch.
“I managed to play better in my singles [than in Bulgaria last week], which is good leading up to the Europeans [European Junior Championships, September 2018]. Matt was unlucky in the semi-final, losing in 2 close sets, which would have set up the all-Scottish final had he won”
Matthew was taking the positives from his weekend though, as he continues to recover from a knee injury, speaking afterwards he said
“It was a busy weekend with a lot of games so I’m feeling quite tired and sore. My knee is feeling a lot better when I’m playing on court but still not 100%. […] I thought we could potentially play each other [in the men’s singles final], which would have been good, but I just lost out to Lukas in two close sets - I was happy with the way I played over the weekend though.”
Christopher avenged his brother’s loss when he took on Lukas Resch in the men’s final, defeating the German in straight games 21-19 21-11 to claim the men’s singles title and add to his earlier doubles success.