February

Successful Start for Scotland at the Hungarian Junior International

It was mixed fortunes for the Grimley brothers on day one of competition at the Hungarian Junior International as Christopher progressed but Matthew exited the U19 singles.

 

It was a day of overall success for the Scottish players in action, though, with only three losses from nine matches in Pecs.

 

Grimley wasted little time in opening his account, after a bye in the first round he completed a routine win over home favourite Mate Kovats, winning 21-14 21-13 in just 20 minutes.

 

That sets up a third-round encounter with Austria’s Kilian Meusburger, with the seventh seed hopeful of continuing his form.

 

“It was a good start to the tournament, I thought I played well and won in two sets,” he said.

 

“Hopefully I can keep up my performance in the next match against Meusburger.

 

I'm looking to perform well the rest of the week and try to get as many wins as possible.”

 

Joining him in the third round of the U19 singles will be Joshua Apiliga, who received a walkover against Israel’s May Bar Netzer – the 15th seed.

 

The Scot will also play an Austrian in the third round, facing Nicolas Rudolf, while potentially the Scottish result of the day came courtesy of Adam Pringle.

 

He beat Swiss 13th seed Nicolas A. Mueller 14-21 21-17 21-15 in 41 minutes to set up a clash with France’s Rafael Gavois.

 

Tenth seed Matthew Grimley did not enjoy such a positive day, though, going down 17-21 12-21 to another Swiss, Minh Quang Pham.

 

And Rachel Cameron joined Grimley in defeat, losing 21-14 18-21 16-21 in the singles to Croatia’s Inga Sadaic, having already exited the mixed doubles playing alongside Hungary’s Zsombor Dulcz.

 

There were two Scottish wins in the mixed doubles, though, with Apiliga teaming up with Rachel Sugden to down Estonia’s Alexander Raudsepp and Victoria Korobova 21-18 21-18 – setting up a second-round match against Slovakia’s Jakub Horak and Mia Tarcalova.

 

The other win came when Pringle and Rachel Andrew beat Romania’s Daniel Popescu and Loredana Lungu 21-10 21-7 to book a second-round meeting with Croatia’s Mihajlo Tomic and Sara Loncar.

 

And while Cameron could not progress in the women’s singles there was success for Sugden, who beat Croatia’s Barbara Janicic 21-12 21-12 to book a match against Slovenia’s Petra Polanc on Friday.

 

Friday also sees the Grimley brothers, seeded first, begin their men’s doubles campaign against Vit Kulisek and Vaclav Palan, hoping to build on their U19 win in Sweden from their last international outing.