March

Silver for MacPherson and O'Donnell in Portugal

Eleanor O’Donnell says a good week at the Portuguese International has boosted her excitement to compete at the Commonwealth Games next month.

The Scot competed alongside doubles partner Julie Macpherson in Portugal but lost out in Sunday’s women’s doubles final to Chinese Taipei pairing Li Zi Qing and Teng Chun Hsun.

Looking for a second international title of 2018, Macpherson and O’Donnell have been in good form all week but lost out 21-15 21-13 in 26 minutes.

“We were just not good enough today,” said O’Donnell. “We are a bit disappointed with the performance after a solid performance yesterday.

“The Taipei pair came out strong and were the better pair today.

“The Commonwealth Games is our next event and after a few good wins this week we can't wait to get out there and play.

“We’re back to training for final preparations before we leave next Wednesday.”

The Scottish pairing started well to go 4-0 up but then fell 10-9 behind and didn’t recover in the first game.

The second followed a similar pattern, with O’Donnell and Macpherson first leading before the Chinese Taipei pairing took over.

The Scots had already triumphed at the Iceland International in January and showed good form all week, winning two matches against Portuguese pairing Adriana and Sonia Goncalves and Swiss duo Celine Burkart and Jenjira Stadelmann on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the finals in Portugal, German pair Peter Kaesbauer and Olga Konon prevailed in the mixed doubles, China’s Qi Xuefei claimed the women’s singles title and Rasmus Messerschmidt the men’s.

There was more success for Chinese Taipei in the men’s doubles as Lu Chen and Ye Hong Wei triumphed over third seeds Mathias Bay-Smidt and Frederik Sogaard 23-21 21-18.

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