February

Title treble for Stalker at U15 Lancashire Silver

Brooke Stalker couldn’t have wished for a better weekend after her triple-title success paved the way for an impressive Scottish outing at the Lancashire U15 Silver.

A plethora of Scottish starlets took to the Leigh courts for the competition, boasting numerous positive results to continue the strong progress the age groups are making.

That included a hat-trick of titles for Stalker, standing atop the podium in the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles in a perfect weekend.

The five-strong squad of Stalker, Katrina Chan, Grant Lewis, Finlay Sheriff and Iona Muir weren’t done there though, taking their places on court in numerous all-Scottish finals.

Among them were the women’s singles as Stalker and Chan battled for gold, with the latter having already beaten top seed Asmi Shembekar 15-10 15-12 in the semi-final.

But it was her compatriot who prevailed this time as Stalker, seeded second for the women’s singles, prevailed 15-8 15-11 in a close-run contest.

From opposing sides of the net, the two Scots then joined forces to impressive effect to lift the women’s doubles trophy, backing up their status as tournament favourites.

Winning five matches in the discipline on one day was an achievement in itself, dropping just one game throughout and overcoming English duo and second seeds Elizabeth Andrew and Millie Hyde 15-12 15-13 in a tense final round robin encounter.

And there was still time for Stalker to claim her third title of the day in the mixed doubles, this time in partnership with fellow Scot Lewis.

That also came against familiar opposition in Chan and Sheriff in the most thrilling final of the day, winning 15-10 11-15 15-8 having earlier beaten the top seeds in the group stage.

That ensured Stalker left Lancashire with a perfect record, winning 15 matches from a possible 15 and only dropping five games in the process.

Meanwhile Lewis added another two medals to his collection, notably in the men’s doubles where he and Sheriff battled to silver.

Unseeded, the pair had already exceeded expectations by getting to the final but a match against Karthik Ajith and Alexander Lewis proved just a step too far, the second seeds victorious in straight games.

That completed a strong day for Scotland’s Lewis, with this his third medal in three disciplines having earlier secured bronze in the men’s singles, unfortunate to go down 15-13 15-12 to favourite and eventual champion Jeremy Kurian George in the last four.

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