January

Scots challenge for men's and women's doubles gold in Iceland

Scotland could have two doubles champions this evening with both men’s and women’s pairs sealing places in their respective Iceland International finals.

Adam Hall and Alex Dunn came through a tricky quarter-final before powering through their last-four clash to set up a final day showdown with Nicklas Mathiasen and Mikkel Stoffersen of Denmark.

Meanwhile, Eleanor O’Donnell and Julie MacPherson reached their first international final by seeing off the challenge of Elena Fernandez and Lorena Usle after defeating Abbygael Harris and Natalia Mitchell earlier in the day.

Top seeds Hall and Dunn were given a major scare in their last-eight encounter with Gergely Krausz and Tovannakasem Samatcha, losing the first game 22-20.

But they held their nerve after this setback to take the final two games 21-7 and 21-14 and confirm their place in the last four.

They then went through the gears against Indians Adarsh Kumar and Jagadish Yadav, beating the seventh seeds 21-13 21-10.

Hall said: “We're really happy to be in another final here in Iceland. We had a tough quarter-final where we really had to dig deep to get the win.

“Thankfully the semi was a bit more simple and we could close it out in two.

“We're looking forward to the final tomorrow where we'll hopefully get the win and cap off a good start to 2018 for us.”

Mathiasen and Stoffersen will provide a stern test for the Scottish pair, having beaten fellow Scots Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh in the quarter-finals.

The Scotland duo had their chances in a topsy-turvy encounter, but ultimately fell short against the Scandinavians 12-21 21-18 21-19.

 “We played a really good first set against the Danish guys, implementing a few new things from this week’s training which was positive,” said MacHugh.

“However, at the end of the next two sets we just struggled to finish it off when we had our chances.

“Going forward we’ve got nationals next week where we hope for a strong performance and then a good block of training out in Bangkok.”

In the women’s doubles, it was an historic moment for MacPherson and O’Donnell as they set up their maiden international final as a pair.

They have looked in great form throughout the tournament and haven’t dropped a game thus far, seeing off England’s Harris and Mitchell in the quarter-finals 21-10 21-18.

Spain’s Fernandez and Usle were also swept aside 21-9 21-16, with Danes Emilie Furbo and Trine Villadsen waiting in Sunday’s final.

MacPherson said: “We're very happy to be in our first international final! We've had a few semi-final losses recently so it feels good to finally go one better.

“Hopefully we can put in a good performance tomorrow.”

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