February

Scots progress in Austrian Open

Top seeds Adam Hall and Alexander Dunn led the charge for Scotland on the first day of the Austrian Open.

The pair eased through their opening round clash against England’s Robert Golding and Phone Pyae Naing of Myanmar 21-6 21-18 to book their place in the second round of the men’s doubles.

They both enjoyed success in the mixed doubles too, with Hall and Ciara Torrance getting the better of Ireland’s Paul Reynolds and Rachael Darragh 21-14 21-12.

And Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell came from behind to defeat Matej Hubacek and Berta Ausbergerova of Czech Republic.

Dunn and O’Donnell succumbed 17-21 in the first game but went through the gears to storm back and take the following two 21-8 21-15 and secure their progression.

Dunn said: “In my mixed match, the first set wasn’t great as both me and Eleanor were struggling with the conditions in the hall and movement wise but once we got into the match we played better and got the win.

“In the doubles, the first set for me and Adam went perfectly with little challenge from the opponents and in the second set we let them get into the match more and a few errors from us.

“But we were happy to come through and looking forward to our next matches tomorrow.”

And Hall cannot wait for the next round after he and Torrance downed Reynolds and Darragh on Thursday.

Hall added: “That match went well, especially since Ciara and I haven't had much practice together for the last few weeks.

“We controlled the match from the start and looking forward to taking on some seeded opponents in the next round.”

Torrance will go in both the women’s and mixed doubles tomorrow.

She and English shutter Lizzie Tolman received a walkover from their scheduled clash with Turkish pair Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci in the women’s doubles.

Meanwhile, third-seeds Julie MacPherson and O’Donnell safely progressed in the women’s doubles with a 21-14 21-15 success over Pornpicha Choeikeewong and Pornnicha Suwatanodom.

Second seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh are also into the next round of the men’s doubles after a 21-13 21-14 victory over Thai pair Ratchapol Makkasasithorn and Weeraphat Phakjarung.

But it was heartbreak for Kieran Merrilees who came out second best after a marathon encounter with Singapore’s NG Zin Rei Ryan.

The Scot took the first game 21-18, but lost the next 30-28 despite having several chances to win the match, and his opponent roared back in the third despite being 13-7 down to take it 21-17.

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