Grimleys set up a busy final day in Lithuania

Matthew and Christopher Grimley can look forward to a busy final day at the Yonex Lithuanian Junior tomorrow as both brothers progressed individually in men’s singles and together in men’s doubles.

Christopher started his day off with a victory over Marek Aubus, beating his Czech opponent 18-21 21-8 21-8, while Matthew started with a win over home competitor Jonas Petkus, taking victory in two games 21-17 21-4.

The brothers then came together for their first doubles match of the day – where they brushed aside Finland’s Teemu Lahtinen and Eero Lauri 21-10 21-17.

After a short break the boys were back contesting each of their second men’s singles ties of the day - Christopher coming up against German opposition in the form of fifth seed Brian Holtschke and Matthew facing Finnish third seed Markus Barth. Just as they had done earlier in the day, both Christopher and Matthew came through with the victory in their respective matches.

Christopher took three sets to dispatch Holtschke, eventually prevailing 14-21 21-15 21-12, while Matthew put in a commanding performance to defeat Barth in straight games, 21-19 21-12.

Christopher and Matthew will now each contest a men’s singles semi-final tomorrow and will be vying to set up an all-Scottish affair in the final. Christopher will be up against Estonian fourth seed Karl Kert and Matthew will be facing a tough task in the form of German second seed Lukas Resch.

Despite their exploits throughout the day, the two teamed up once more to take on Polish third seeds Szymon Stokfisz and Wiktor Trecki in the men’s singles semi-final. Dismissing any hint of tiredness, the Scots defeated their Polish opponents 21-12 21-13 to secure a place in tomorrow’s final – where they will face Germany’s Brian Holtschke and Lukas Resch.

Earlier in the day, fellow Scots Lauren Middleton and Sarah Sidebottom had secured victory in the women’s doubles – beating Estonia’s Catlyn Kruus and Ramona Uprus 21-14 21-13. This set up a semi-final tie with Polish duo Laura Bujak and Anna Duda. Despite taking a lead in games, and fighting to the very end, the two young Scots eventually lost in three sets to their Polish opponents with a final score of 19-21 21-9 24-22.

Lauren Middleton also contested a women’s singles tie but was unfortunately unable to defeat French second seed Romane Cloteaux-Foucault, who won the match 21-14 21-17.