February

Bronze for Smith in Surrey

Callum Smith did Scotland proud this weekend at the U17 Surrey Gold with a bronze in the mixed doubles and strong singles showing.

The teen played seven matches over the course of the weekend, winning five and falling to just two defeats.

In the Gold Star singles he impressed with two wins in Group B, just missing out on a place in the semi-finals after a narrow defeat to the second seed.

The Scot beat Harry Lines 21-13 17-21 21-14 in a 39-minute match, and also downed Toby Dillingham in another lengthy encounter – Smith coming through 17-21 21-11 21-7.

But it was his match against that second seed Christian Mitchell that was his undoing, eventually losing 21-23 20-22 in a nip and tuck encounter.

That meant he finished second in Group B but with only the winners progressing, his impressive singles campaign came to an end.

He was not done there, though. He also teamed up with England’s Elizabeth Hambling to beat Ewen Stephen and Caitlin Harper 21-18 21-17 in the opening round of the mixed doubles.

And they progressed further with a 21-11 21-19 win over Ethan Dalley and Learna Herkes, before a 21-16 13-21 22-20 victory over Archit Sachdeva and Jasmine Lidster saw the duo progress to Sunday’s semi-finals.

Their run was ended 15-21 21-18 15-21 by second seeds Alex Green and Kiara Henry in the semi-finals, leaving Smith and Hambling to come away with a bronze for their efforts.

Full results here