February

Semi-final exit for Dunn and Hall in Austria

Adam Hall insists he and men’s doubles partner Alex Dunn are already trying to look forward to the month ahead after a disappointing exit from the Austrian Open.

The two had arrived in Vienna as top seeds but came unstuck in the semi-finals, losing in three games to Lu Chen and Ye Hong Wei.

Despite the Scots taking the first game, they were unable to replicate their form thereon as they went down 17-21 21-12 21-10.

But with an impressive start to the year already under their belts – including becoming Iceland International champions in January for their third title as a pair – Hall is keen not to dwell too much on this setback.

“We’re pretty disappointed with that result to be honest,” he said.

“We got off to a great start in the first not giving them many opportunities which was good. Then the last two sets we just switched off which you can't afford to do at this level.

“It's been a good run of tournaments for us so just looking forward to getting some training in and refocusing for the German Open in two weeks’ time.”

Hall and Dunn started strongly against a pair they had never previously played, taking four straight points from 12-12 on their way to claiming the opener 21-17.

But that was to be as good as it got against their Chinese Taipei opposition, up against the play almost from point one in the next as Lu and Ye levelled the match up with a 21-12 second game.

And the decider followed in much the same vein with Lu and Ye racing into a 5-0 lead from which the Scottish duo were unable to recover.

Eventually missing out 21-10, it was a disappointing end to the campaign for Hall and Dunn, who previously looked in good form throughout the competition.