March

MacPherson and O'Donnell into Portuguese quarter-finals; Grimley still in contention in German Junior

Top seeds Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell look well-placed for a tilt at the women’s doubles title at the Portuguese International after cruising into the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Scottish pairing – who have reached the semi-finals in four of their last six tournaments – saw off the French duo of Lorraine Baumann & Vimala Heriau 22-20 21-16 in the last 16.

They were made to work hard in the first set but in the end proved too strong, and with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, the duo are feeling good.

“We’re delighted to get a win here tonight,” said O’Donnell.

“We’ve never played the French pair before but knew they were quite a solid pair and it would be a good game.

“It’s our last tournament before leaving for Australia so getting as many wins and good performances as possible is key to build our confidence. Hopefully we can carry on the winning form to the next round.”

It was less good news for fellow Scot Kieran Merrilees however, who lost to Sweden’s Felix Burestedt in straight sets, 21-12 21-19 on Friday.

Merrilees had looked in good form earlier in the day in downing Johnnie Torjussen 21-13, 21-15 in his first round clash but it was not to be against the in-form Swede.

Meanwhile, Christopher Grimley has booked his place in the last 32 of the German Junior Open with a hard-fought win over Georgii Karpov.

Grimley, who was also in action in the men’s doubles, got the better of his Russian opponent 15-21 21-14 21-17 to set up a clash with Belgium’s Julien Carraggi.

Grimley was not joined in the fourth round by Joshua Apiliga however, the Scot went down 21-8 21-18 to Spain’s Tomas Toledano.

And it was to prove a tough day for Apiliga, who was also beaten in the men’s doubles alongside Adam Pringle, falling 24-22 21-18 to Chen Shiau Cheng and Su Li Yang of Chinese Taipei.

Pringle also lost in the mixed doubles alongside Rachel Andrew, 21-13 21-15, to Indonesian pair Respati Banuaji and Shelandry Vyola.

Pringle admitted afterwards that the two pairs he had taken on had been just a little more accurate on the whole, but felt that the gap to some of the top duos was not that big.

He said: “It was tough playing against the stronger Asian players. They were just more solid than us and that’s what made the big difference.

“It’s good to know that we weren’t that far behind the players we lost to. It will give us more confidence going into other tournaments in the future.”

Like Pringle and Andrew, Apiliga and Jennifer Lafferty were beaten in the mixed doubles, going down 21-6 17-21 21-7 to Chinese second seeds Di Zijian and Liu Xuanxuan.

Lafferty had earlier gone out in the women’s singles 21-12 21-6 to Anastasiia Pustinskaia.

Finally top seeds Grimley and brother Matthew lost a heartbreaker in the men’s doubles, going down 21-17 15-21 23-21 to Indian duo Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala and Srikrishna Sai Kumar Podile.