January

Scots safely through to Iceland quarter-finals

It was a day for doubles joy at the Iceland International as the three all-Scottish pairings each made it to the quarter-finals of their event in one of the last tournaments before the badminton team will be announced for the Commonwealth Games.

Leading the way in the men’s doubles is Alex Dunn and Adam Hall, with the top seeds easing to two straightforward victories.

While second seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh – the Scottish pairs are also ranked one and two in the the upcoming Austrian open – also enjoyed untroubled progress.

Women’s second seeds Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell also made Saturday’s last eight but after receiving a bye, they only had to play one match on Friday.

But despite playing two matches, Dunn and Hall were on the court for just ten minutes more than their female counterparts.

They despatched England’s William Jones and James Penver 21-10 21-10 in 20 minutes before taking just five minutes more to beat Spain’s Javier Suarez and Alberto Zapico 21-10 21-13.

Today they play Gergely Krausz and Tovannakasem Samatcha for a place in the semi-finals.

“Today's matches were very good for us,” said Hall.

“We knew that they weren't going to be overly challenging so it was important for us to go in really focused and spend the least amount of time on court possible.

“A win here would be good for us as we're now challenging for as high a seeded position as possible, providing we get selected for the Gold Coast.

“A win here would really set us on the right path.”

Should the men’s doubles go to seedings, Hall and Dunn will face MacHugh and Campbell in Sunday’s final after their compatriots beat home pair Thordur Skulason and Bjarni Thor Sverrisson 21-2 21-5 in the first round.

They followed it up with a 21-9 21-8 victory over Luxembourg’s Robert Mann and Mattias Sonderskov and now face Denmark’s Nicklas Mathiasen and Mikkel Stoffersen in the quarter-finals.

MacPherson and O’Donnell – women's doubles second seeds but the highest seeded pair in the event after the top seeds withdrew – face England’s Abbygael Harris and Natalia Mitchell in Saturday’s quarter-final after beating Evie Burbidge and Elizabeth McMorrow, also of England, 21-17 21-16.

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