Stalker and Chan Return from MK with Gold

It proved to be a golden trip to Milton Keynes for two Scottish players as both Katrina Chan and Brooke Stalker starred at the Under-13 Gold MK 17-18 competition.

Stalker paired up with England’s Daniel Kemp to win the mixed doubles while Chan triumphed in the girls singles.

It was a relatively straight forward passage through to the semi-final stage for Stalker and Kemp as they received a bye in the first round before two straight sets victories kept them in the hunt.

Their toughest assignment came against the second seeds at the last four stage as they were pushed all the way by Sebastian Grove and Lila Dundas before coming through 21-16 20-22 21-13.

Buoyed by that, the 3/4 seeds took on the favourites Dillon Chong and Lucy Brierley in the final and continued their momentum to lift the title thanks to a 21-18 21-19 victory.

Katrina and Brooke paired up in the girls doubles but the second seeds fell just short of the final while Stalker likewise could not make it to the latter stages of the girls singles gold star.

But her teammate Chan did manage to do so in the girls singles event, beating Dundas 21-13 21-11 in the semi-final before overcoming top seed Carly Stevenson 21-12 21-6 to take the title.

Also competing in the girls singles group stages was Edinburgh’s Ishbel Mcallister while she also reached the second round of the mixed doubles alongside Dundee’s Callan Short. 

It was a busy weekend for the latter who reached the same stage of the boys doubles with Mitchell Allen and also competed in the boys singles.