January

First international title for MacPherson and O'Donnell while Dunn and Hall take men's doubles glory

The Scottish flag flew high in Reykjavik on Sunday as the doubles pairings of Alex Dunn and Adam Hall, and Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell reigned supreme at the Iceland International.

Success was especially sweet for MacPherson and O'Donnell, with the second seeds coming from behind in the final to win their first senior international title.

Top seeds Dunn and Hall lived up to their billing to defeat Denmark’s Nicklas Mathiasen and Mikkel Stoffersen in the men’s doubles final while MacPherson and O’Donnell rose to the occasion in their first international final, also overcoming Danish opposition as they got the better of Emilie Furbo and Trine Villadsen.

Both pairs strengthened their case for selection for April’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Hall was over the moon with a convincing victory against the plucky Danish pair of Mathiasen and Stoffersen.

“We’re really happy to get the win here in Iceland – it's the perfect start to 2018,” said the 21-year-old.

“The final was quite a tough match for us, with the momentum constantly changing, so we’re just really happy to close it out in two sets.

“This is the last international tournament for us before the qualifying period ends, so to get the win was really important to help our case to be selected for Gold Coast.”

Mathaisen and Stoffersen had already accounted for fellow Scots Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh in the quarter-finals but Dunn and Hall proved too much for the Danes.

Despite coming up against solid resistance, the Scottish pair eventually ran out 21-16, 21-18 winners in the last final of the day.

MacPherson and O’Donnell lost the first game of their showdown with Furbo and Villadsen 21-17 but they roared back to take the title, levelling things up by taking the second 21-13 and winning the decider 21-17.

And O’Donnell, 19, was thrilled to get the job done on the big stage.

“We’re delighted to get the win,” she said.

“It's been a long few months of playing tournaments and having lost a few games in semi-finals recently, it was amazing to be in the final and get the win.

“It’s the last tournament before the Commonwealth Games selection finishes, so it’s been the best possible way to finish.”

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