January

MacPherson and O'Donnell reach Estonian semi-final

Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell came within a match of a shot at the Estonian International title but bowed out at the semi-final stage.

The Scots faced two matches in a day on Saturday, first off facing Ukraine’s Maryna Ilyinskaya and Yelyzaveta Zharka in the women’s doubles quarter-finals.

The duo had eased past Russia’s Tatjana Bibik and Irina Khlebko 21-15 21-18 on Friday, but were made to work against the Ukrainian pair.

From 8-8 in the first game it was advantage Scotland as Macpherson and O’Donnell raced into a 14-8 lead, an advantage they never let slip as they secured the opener 21-17.

And they came within two points of sealing the victory in the next game, but they let a 17-13 lead slip and when their opponents drew level at 20-20, they went on to win the game.

But Macpherson and O’Donnell did not get down on themselves and made a positive start to the decider, taking an early 6-2 lead.

The Ukrainian pair were never ahead in the third game and from 12-12 the Scots went on to seal the win 21-17.

That victory appeared to have taken too much out of the fourth seeds, however, as they struggled against England’s Jessica Hopton and Jenny Moore in the semi-final.

Hopton and Moore themselves had only made the final four thanks to a 22-20 victory in the deciding game of their quarter-final.

But they had too much for Macpherson and O’Donnell in Tallinn streaking clear from 2-2 in the opening game to take it 21-15.

And it was a similar story in the second game, the English pair sealing victory with a 21-9 win.

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