January

Campbell and MacHugh into Swedish Open final

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh are just one win away from claiming the Swedish Open title after battling their way to the men’s doubles final in Lund.

The Scottish pair are top seeds for the competition and have shown exactly why, securing their third straight games wins of the competition to take their place in Sunday’s showcase finale.

A bigger challenge now awaits with second seeds Oliver Leydon-Davis and Lasse Moelhede the opposition in the final, with this set to be a weekend to savour should the Scots open up 2018 on top of the podium.

But before that came an impressive showing against Andhika Anhar and Tim Foo, qualifiers who had already punched above their weight in the competition.

Campbell and MacHugh have become accustomed to such challenges however, though they had to be at their best in a first game which saw them pegged back to 15-15.

But a run of points towards the end of the game saw them take the opening honours, though they were unable to take a stranglehold in the second game.

That was until the pairs hit 11-11, a moment which saw the Scots take five points on the bounce to wrap up their second win of the day in convincing fashion, 21-19 21-15.

It wasn’t to be for Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell however, falling to third seeds and home favourites Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson.

The Scottish pair had already beaten Swedish opposition on Saturday, but this time the fast start was not to be forthcoming as their opponents raced into a first-game lead.

That saw them take the opening game, repeating the trick in the second where Macpherson and O’Donnell were never ahead, losing 21-14 21-16.

A semi-final run is far from the worst start to their year however, looking to build as the months progress in 2018.

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