March

Grimly through in Hellas Junior

Christopher Grimley revelled in a day of double delight after booking his place in the last 16 of the Hellas Junior International 2018.

Grimley arrived in Greece as the second seed for the men’s singles competition and duly made the most of his high status with two wins on Friday, meaning he will return for the second day of competition on Saturday.

Indeed he did so without dropping a game, with two wins in confident fashion suggesting that more is to come from the Swedish Open champion.

The 18-year-old began in perfect fashion in Sidirokastro, overcoming Israel’s May Bar Netzer 21-9 21-14 in Friday’s first-round contest.

The pair had never previously played each other but it was the Scot who got on the front foot to take the all-important first game, halfway towards the victory target.

His Israeli opponent put up a strong showing in the second game but 22 minutes was all Grimley needed to take his place in the second round.

And there he put in an even more impressive performance against England’s James Lin, this time wrapping up the contest in just 16 minutes by conceding only 15 points in the match.

Once again this marked the first meeting between the home nations rivals and Grimley made sure he started on top, taking the first game 21-7.

The second was to follow in familiar style, 21-8 this time the margin of difference to comfortably take his place in the last 16, which continues on Saturday.

There the Scot will face Slovenia’s Ian Spiller, the 16th seed, the first time the second seed has played another ranked player so far this weekend.