November

Scotland’s doubles players going strongly in World Junior Championships

Three Scottish pairs are still in contention in the individual events of the World Junior Championships.

Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew are still going strongly in the mixed doubles while Christopher and Mathew Grimley and Lauren Middleton and Sarah Sidebottom are in contention in the boys’ and girl’s doubles respectively.

The Grimley twins are hoping to add to the European silver medal they won earlier in the year.

They are seeded fourth in boys’ doubles and, after enjoying a first round bye, overcame the challenge of Brian Holtschke (Germany) and Kilian Meusburger (Austria) with a 22-20 21-19 scoreline.

That win set up a match against Japanese pair Hiroki Midorikawa and Hiroki Nakayama but Pringle and Joshua Apiliga couldn’t join them in the third round, going out to a narrow defeat to Matthias Kicklitz and Aaron Sonnenschein of Germany.

Pringle and Andrew scored a 21-19 21-18 win over Glib Beketov and Valyeriya Masaylo (Ukraine) and now face French 11th seeds William Villeger and Sharone Bauer in the mixed doubles.

Matthew Grimley and Sidebottom and Apiliga and Rachel Sugden fell at the first hurdle but Sidebottom and Lauren Middleton had a superb win in the girls’ doubles, beating French 16th seeds Leonice Huet and Juliette Moinard 21-14 21-12 although they face another tough challenge in round three against China’s Chen Yingxue and Li Yijing.

Andrew and Sugden made a second round exit at the hands of Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard and Peeraya Khantaruangsakul and Sugden also went out of the singles first round while Middleton won her opening match but was unlucky to come up against ninth seed Chasinee Korepap of Thailand in round two.

In the boys’ singles Christopher Grimley lost a first round match while Apiliga and Pringle both scored good opening wins before defeat by some strong opposition in the second round.

Full results, draws and schedules are at www.tournamentsoftware.com