Scots off to perfect start in Lithuania

Scotland’s young badminton stars made a perfect start to the Yonex Lithuanian Junior at the NEPTUNO sports hall in Klaipeda, Lithuania today.

Christopher started the success off with a hard-fought win over Finland’s Joakim Oldorff. Scotland’s first seed in the singles might have been expected to brush aside his Finnish competition but what ensued was a three game thriller. Oldorff took the first set 22-20 before a blockbuster second game say Christopher bring things back level, winning by 24 points to 22. In the third game, the young Scot closed the match out with a relatively comfortable 21-15 win.

Christopher Grimley bt Joakim Oldorff 20-22 24-22 21-15

It was the turn of Christopher’s brother Matthew next to put on a show as he took on Lithuania’s Danielius Berzanskis. Matthew and his opponent contested an incredible first game, which finished 28-26 in Matthew’s favour, before Matthew eased into a comfortable lead in the second game to take the match 28-26 21-10.

The brothers then teamed up to take on the local pairing of Laurynas Borusas and Jonas Petkus. Thankfully for the Grimleys, they managed to win the match in fairly straightforward fashion, dispatching their opponents 21-13 21-15.

It was up to Lauren Middleton to round out a fantastic day for Scotland in the women’s singles. Up against Lithuanian Perla Murenaite, Lauren took a victory in straight games 21-5 21-6.