January

Silver for Campbell and MacHugh in Sweden

Martin Campbell was philosophical in defeat after he and Patrick MacHugh missed out on the men's doubles Swedish Open title.

The Scottish duo were seeded number one going into the tournament, and the results went by the form book until the final, where they faced the dangerous second seeded pairing of Lasse Molhede and Oliver Leydon-Davis in the final in Lund.

Neither pair had dropped a game throughout the tournament going into the match, with little to separate them prior to action getting underway.

But the Danish-New Zealand pairing proved to be too much for Scotland’s shuttlers, claiming the first game 21-17 and cranking up the gears in the second to take that one 21-12 and, with it, the title.

But despite being understandably disappointed not to walk away from Sparbanken Skane Arena with the top prize, Campbell believes this run to the final can act as an excellent springboard for him and MacHugh going into the rest of 2018.

“I think it was a positive start to the year and it’s good to be back competing in a final again,” he said.

“Obviously we are disappointed not to be able to bring our best game today but credit to our opponents, they played at a high level and had a great tournament.

“We are looking forward to pushing on from this week into the rest of the year.”

Campbell and MacHugh's route to the final saw them safely negotiate Danish pairs Kristoffer Knudsen and Steve Olesen, and Jeppe Bruun and Tobias Holst in respective second round and quarter-final clashes.

They then powered past Indonesia’s Andhika Anhar and Tim Foo of Sweden 21-15 21-18 to reach the title decider.

Full results at www.tournamentsoftware.com