February

Scotland bow out on second day of action at the YONEX U17 France Open

Two defeats mean Scotland will have no representatives on the final day of competition at the France U17 Open.

Erin Waddell was competing in both the mixed and women’s doubles in Aire-sur-la-Lys but she endured defeat in both competitions on Saturday.

Playing alongside Michael McGuire and seeded eighth in the mixed, the duo received a bye in the first round before going on to beat home pairing Bastien Chailloux and Zoe Trigona 21-16 21-19 in Friday’s second round.

But their run was ended in the last 16 with Switzerland’s Arthur Boudier and Caroline Racloz having too much for the Scottish duo.

The first game saw Boudier and Racloz pegged at a lead of two for much of the opening exchanges, but once the Swiss hit ten points they accelerated away from their opponents – eventually taking it 21-8.

And Waddell and McGuire did not fare much better in the second game, never taking the lead as Boudier and Racloz sealed victory 21-13.

Waddell returned to the court later in the day, though, playing alongside Sweden’s Mirjam Lindgarde in the women’s doubles.

Following a bye in the first round, the Scottish-Swedish pair took on Norway’s Emilia Petersen Norberg and Jenny Rajkumar in the second round.

But it was not to be as the Norwegians streaked away from 15-15 in the first game, winning it 21-16.

Waddell and Lindgarde worked hard in the second game to keep things close in the early exchanges, but with Petersen Norberg and Rajkumar powering away from a 7-6 position in the game, it eventually ended 21-15 in favour of the Norwegian pair.