January

Mixed day for Scots in Swedish qualifying

It was a mixed day on court for Jack MacGregor and Toni Woods in Sweden as they progressed to the main draw of the mixed doubles but each lost out in singles qualifying.

The duo’s progression means Scotland will have representation in the main draw of every doubles competition at the Swedish Open, but no singles players.

MacGregor and Woods began their day with a routine 21-11 21-17 victory over Matthew Abela and Mariana Pinto Leite in the first round of qualifying.

But after one success it was not to be for MacGregor in the men’s singles as he exited the event in the first qualifying round, losing 21-12 21-7 to Sweden’s Oskar Westerlund.

He returned to the court with Woods and showed the home crowd what he was capable of, though, as the pair secured their place in the main draw with a hard-fought win over home favourites Martin Forssberg and Madeleine Persson.

Having lost the opening game 21-15, the Scots rallied to take the next two 21-14 21-15 and book a first-round draw against Oliver Leydon-Davis and Gabriella Bøje.

Elsewhere in the men’s singles Ciar Pringle exited in the first round of qualifying, going down 21-18 21-16 to Denmark’s Martin Bundgaard.

While Woods pushed Sweden’s Malena Norrman all the way in her first qualifying round, she eventually came unstuck 25-23 in the third and final game.

The main draws begin on Friday in the Sparbanken Skane Arena with MacGregor and Pringle facing Denmark’s Rasmus Kaeseler and Andreas Søndergaard.

Men’s doubles top seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh receive a bye into the second round, as do women’s doubles second seeds Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell.

Results, draws and schedules at www.tournamentsoftware.com