January

Double gold in Sweden for Christopher Grimley while Stalker and Swan reach quarter-finals in France

Christopher Grimley enjoyed double delight at the Swedish Junior 2018 on Sunday as the young Scot triumphed in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles on a memorable day in Uppsala.

Grimley and twin brother Matthew were top seeds in the men’s doubles and lived up to that billing by convincingly dispatching Spanish pair Joan Monroy and Carlos Piris in the final – triumphing 21-5, 21-19.

Earlier that morning, the Scots had reached the showpiece by downing Gijs Duijs and Wessel van der Aar of the Netherlands 21-12, 21-13 in the semi-finals.

While he was top seed in the doubles, Grimley was seeded fifth in the men’s singles but outplayed that ranking all week in Sweden.

Second seed Dennis Koppen was, on paper, his toughest test to date in the semi-finals but the Scot performed superbly to beat the Dutchman 21-16, 21-16 and book a final showdown with seventh seed Lukas Resch.

After a short break to recover from his doubles final exploits, Grimley returned to the court and, after 47 gruelling minutes, emerged as a 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 victor over the German to lift a second trophy of the day.

Elsewhere, there were an octet of Scots in action at the Bourges Young International Tournament on Sunday as the boys’ and girls’ U15 doubles competition took centre stage.

Brooke Stalker and Keryn Swan advanced the furthest in France as they reached the quarter-finals of the girls’ doubles before losing a thriller 21-17, 13-21, 21-18 to home favourites Sarah Berge and Anae Labarre.

Stalker and Swan had received a bye through the first round before impressively dispatching Perryne Canfarotta and Lea Lanaspere 21-18, 21-14 in 33 minutes in round two but Berge and Labarre ultimately edged the three-game thriller in the last-eight.

That competition also saw Sophie Ford and Mary Kong come through their first-round tie with the German-French pairing of Sophie Heidebrecht and Lena Lemesle 21-17, 21-9 but the Scots then went down to Manon Lacoste and Ludivine Lecrosnier 21-16, 20-22, 21-17 in a 53-minute epic.

In the boys’ doubles Grant Lewis and Anthony McGuire beat one French duo – Matys Duru and Yohann Osvald – 21-14, 21-19 before losing 21-16, 21-16 to another home pair – Othys Calvi and Liam Nguyen Van – in the second round.

And the final Scottish pairing, Logan Ireland and Hamish McCallister, fell at the first hurdle as Arthur Bellec and Evan Long prevailed 21-18, 19-21, 21-10.

Results at www.tournamentsoftware.com