March

Christopher and Matthew battle through in Dutch Junior

Christopher Grimley hailed the resilience shown by he and brother Matthew as they came from behind to reach the round of 16 of the YONEX Dutch Junior championships.

Scotland’s second-seeded pair were favourites going into their men's doubles clash with Indian duo Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam but were made to work hard for their triumph.

Khwairakpam and Konthoujam eased to victory in the first game 21-13, before the Scots rallied to take a tightly-fought second 21-18.

And an even closer decider ended 21-19 in favour of the Grimleys, who now face Oscar Sunekaer and Sebastian Groenbjerg of Denmark on Saturday.

“It was a hard match against the Indians, we didn’t play so well in the first set then in the second set we managed to get our game together,” said Christopher.

“We kept focused and got the close win in the end. We play a Danish pair tomorrow and we will try our best to get another win.”

Matthew, Hungarian Junior International victor with his brother, added: “We struggled in the first set against the Indians and as the game went on we began to play better and work around each other well.

Friday’s win was a boost for Christopher, who was defeated by India’s ninth seed shuttler Kartikey Gulshan Kumar in straight games on Thursday in the men’s singles.

Kumar powered to victory in the first game 21-9, and won the second 21-15 despite a spirited Grimley fightback.

And the teenager admitted he came up against the better player on the day as his singles campaign came to an end in round two.

“I didn’t get off to the best start in the first set but as the match went on I played better but my opponent was too good in the end,” he said.