May

Several Scots go through to Glasgow Youth International Semi-Finals

There will be plenty of young Scottish badminton talent going for medals on Sunday after a busy day of action at the Glasgow International Youth Team Championships 2018.
The Under 13s competitions saw particular success on Saturday with five medal chances to come on the final day of competition at the National Badminton Academy.
Two of those are in the girls’ singles, where Vibha Raman and Brooke Stalker will play their semi-finals from 9.30am.
Having come through the group stages in the morning, second seed Stalker defeated fellow Scot Eva Tremble in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon – taking 27 minutes to triumph 21-11 21-12 to set up a last-four clash with Ireland’s Siofra Flynn.
On the other side of the draw, Raman battled through Group 6 before securing an impressive 21-10 21-17 victory over England’s Sofia Bao in the last-eight.
A potentially tough semi-final against another English shuttler, top-seeded Grace Sachdeva, now awaits on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Brooke Stalker will have two shots at a medal after advancing to the semi-finals of both the Under 13s girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.
She teamed with England’s Daniel Kemp in the latter and following a first-round bye, they beat Aarav Sujith and Sia Pandit 21-9 21-5 in round two before seeing off the Polish-Scottish pairing of Mikołaj Morawski and Eva Tremble 21-16 21-14 in the quarter-finals.
A semi-final against English pair Ben Horseman and Bao will be their challenge at 11am on Sunday morning.
Just before that, Stalker will have another semi-final – this time in the girls’ doubles where she and compatriot Katrina Chan will take on Sachdeva and Emily Chen.
They booked that clash by coming through Group 2 with a 100 per cent record on Saturday – beating Sia Pandit and Yashica Racharia 21-10 21-7 before dispatching Hungary’s Mira Bozsogi and Petra Hart 21-5 21-11 in 24 minutes.
The final Scottish medal chance comes in the Under 13s boys’ doubles, where Matthew Waring teamed with Kemp to reach the semi-finals.
Seeded fourth, the Anglo-Scottish duo emerged from Group 4 of the round-robin phase by recording straight-set wins over Ibrahim Kulkarni and Ritvik Srenigan, as well as Eoghan Cooney and Dylan Noble, before being given a quarter-final bye.
Top seeds Horseman and Dillon Chong of England will be their opponents in the semi-finals on Sunday morning.
There was slightly less success in the Under 15s competitions however, where no Scots reached the knockout stages of the girls’ singles, girls’ doubles or boys’ doubles.
The boys’ singles saw Shaun Aamir and Grant Lewis come through the group phase but Aamir then lost 21-12 21-11 to Germany’s Jonathan Dresp in the first round, while Lewis suffered a 21-11 21-14 defeat to England’s Joseph Scott in the last 16.
The mixed doubles saw Erin Bailey team with Dale Auchinleck of Germany and they reached round three with straight-set wins over Arnav Patil & Freya Cottrill and all-Scottish pair Scott Mackenzie & Anna Craig but England’s Nadeem Dalvi and Lisa Curtin eventually beat them 21-8 21-10 to reach the quarter-finals.