Ciara Torrance will bid to reach the final four pairings at the KaBaL International Karviná on Saturday after two victories in the women’s doubles in the Czech Republic today.
The 18-year-old and her partner, England’s Jessica Hopton, beat Poland’s Kornelia Marczak and Aneta Wojtkowska 21-19 21-16 before the duo came from behind to defeat the Czech duo of Magdalena Lajdova and Denisa Sikalova 18-21 21-12 21-17.
Torrance and Hopton will be up against Denmark’s Elisa Melgaard and Sofie Nielsen in Saturday’s quarter-finals and the teenager is looking forward to chancing her arm in the next round after a brace of strong showings.
“The wins against the Czech and Polish were really good, especially the Polish, who are a pretty strong pair,” said Torrance.
“Jess and I have only played one other tournament together, so it was good getting these two wins in.
“We have a Danish pair to play in the quarter-finals, which is always going to be a bit of a tough game.
“We just need to focus on staying solid and disciplined in our game plan, and hopefully we can pull out another win to progress to the semi-final.”
Meanwhile, Ciar Pringle went out in the second round of the men’s doubles alongside his English partner Michael Roe.
After receiving a bye through the first round, the pair were defeated 21-16 21-19 by Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer and Johannes Pistorius.
Pringle, 19, said: “It was a tough game. The pair we played were very strong and it was hard to get into the rallies a lot of the time.
“Whoever managed to gain control of the first four shots tended to have the upper hand and win the point.
“The match against the Germans was a winnable match but it just wasn’t my day.
“This tournament hasn’t been one of my best but I’ll take the positives from it and go back to training and work on it.”