January

Grimley seeks title double in Sweden

Christopher Grimley will continue his bid for success on two fronts at the Swedish Junior 2018 on Sunday after booking his place in the men’s singles and doubles semi-finals, the latter alongside his brother Matthew.

The young Scot has been in superb form in Uppsala, bettering his men’s singles seeding of fifth to reach the semi-finals where he will face Dutch player Dennis Koppen.

After seeing off compatriot Adam Pringle in round two, Grimley found himself up against Spanish players in successive matches on Saturday but he came away with straight games wins from both.

The first, against Carlos Piris, proved the closest as he triumphed 21-16 21-19 before Miguel San Luis was despatched 21-15 21-10 to set up a last-four clash with second seed Koppen, with the final also to be played on Sunday.

It will be a busy day for Grimley who will team up with his twin brother Matthew to take on seventh seeds Gijs Duijs and Wessel Van der Aar in the men’s doubles semi-final.

That is the reward for the number one seeds after they beat first Matthias Kicklitz and Aaron Sonnenschein 21-14 21-16 in round two before defeating Jacob Ekman and Joel Hansson of Sweden 21-15 21-19.

Scotland’s representation in the other half of the draw ended at the quarter-final stage as Joshua Apiliga and Adam Pringle lost out to Germany’s Leander Adam and Marvin Datko.

While Apiliga earlier exited at the second-round stage of the mixed doubles alongside Jennifer Lafferty but only after a thrilling three game, 21-12 16-21 23-21, defeat to second seeds Koppen and Milou Lugters.

Rachel Andrew and Lauren Middleton also found their route blocked at the second round of the women’s doubles, losing 13-21 21-18 21-13 to Lee Yu-Hsuan and Alice Lindhe.

It proved to be a busy day of action at the Swedish U17 International 2018 too with Jamie Gunn and Erin Waddell coming up just short of the mixed doubles semi-finals as they bravely went down to top seeds Egor Velp and Elena Filippova 21-11 21-12.

Gunn was also involved in the men’s doubles alongside Michael McGuire but they were beaten at the second round stage 21-18 21-18 to the Russian third seeds.

While Gunn’s hectic day on court included reaching the third round of the men’s singles, a feat also matched by Michael McGuire.

Sunday will also see the boys and girls U15 doubles competition take centre stage at the Bourges Young International Tournament in France.

Scotland is strongly represented with their two boys pairings – Hamish McCallister and Logan Ireland and then Grant Lewis and Anthony McGuire –  taking on French teams in the opening round.

Sophie Ford and Mary Kong play Sophie Heidebrecht of Germany and France’s Lena Lemesle in their opening clash with Brooke Stalker and Keryn Swan playing Perryne Canfarotta and Lea Lanaspere first up.

On Saturday, Brooke was the best performer in the girls singles, reaching the third round before losing in three games while Lewis also reached the same stage before being defeated by Alexandre Jeanne 22-20 22-20.

And Ireland and Swan made it to the second round of the mixed doubles with McCallister and Ford also doing likewise.

Results and draws at www.tournamentsoftware.com