February

Hungarian Men's Doubles Final an All Scottish Affair

It will be an all-Scottish affair at the Hungarian Junior International on Sunday as the Grimley brothers take on Joshua Apiliga and Adam Pringle in the U19 men’s doubles final.
The pairings were the only Scots to make the Sunday showdowns in Pecs, as the remaining players lost in either the quarter or semi-finals on Saturday.
Sweden Junior International winners and number one seeds Christopher and Matthew Grimley beat Swiss pair Nicolas Mueller and Soen Rimmer 21-11 21-12 in the last eight before going on to down the Estonian fourth seeds next up.
The Grimleys showed few signs of concern against Hans-Kristjan Pilve and Alexander Raudsepp, winning 21-7 21-16 in just 20 minutes.
The other side of the draw saw Apiliga and Pringle beat Czech pair Jan Janostik and Tomas Svejda 21-17 21-19 in the quarter-finals, before winning the final game of the day 22-20 21-18 over Andrej Antoska and Jakub Horak.
“We’re really looking forward to playing the doubles final on Sunday against Adam and Josh,” said Christopher Grimley.
“It's always good to have an-all Scottish final, showing the depth of level from the Scottish team.”
Christopher Grimley could not match his doubles exploits in the singles, though, his campaign eventually coming to an end in the final four.
A 21-12 25-23 win over Moldova’s Cristian Savin – the third seed – saw seventh seed Grimley into the semi-finals but France’s second seeded Arnaud Merkle proved too strong with a 21-16 21-10 victory.
“I was really happy to get through to the semi-finals after playing a good game against Savin, who beat me at the Czech Junior last year,” he added. “So I got some revenge this time.
“Merkle was a stronger opponent and I managed to stay with him in the first set but he got better as the match went on and gained a big lead in the second set, which I struggled to come back from.”
The day’s other doubles action saw Apiliga and Sugden beaten 17-21 19-21 by Bulgarian duo and top seeds Iliyan Stoynov and Hristomira Popovska in the quarter-finals of the mixed.
With Pringle and Rachel Andrew also going the same way in the last eight, losing 21-17 14-21 17-21 to Czech duo Tomas Svejda and Katerina Zuzakova.
The remaining Scottish result ended with women’s doubles pairing Andrew and Rachel Cameron going down 19-21 20-22 to Romanian top seeds Maria Alexandra Dutu and Ioana Grecea.