September

Silver and Bronze for Stalker in Sweden

It was a great weekend for Brooke Stalker at the Swedish Youth Games over the weekend where she won a silver and a bronze medal.

Stalker won bronze in the U13 girls’ singles, reaching the semi-finals without dropping a game, the only British girl to reach that stage.

She lost out to Denmark’s Maria Hoejlund Tommerup but not before she gave the top seed a real run for her money in a 21-10 26-24 score line.

In the girls’ doubles she partnered Lucy Brierley from England and the unseeded pair wasted no time in upsetting the odds.

In their opening match the Anglo-Scottish duo beat top seeds Anna-Sofie Nielsen and Malou Pedersen of Denmark 21-16 21-19.

They defeated two more Danish pairs on their way to the final, including a win over joint 3/4 seeds Nicoline Tang and Marie Viscovich, but in the final yet another Danish pair proved a step too far.

Tommerup proved to be Stalkers nemesis once again as she and Alberte Petrea Prasz Espersen won 21-12 21-19 to take the title.

Indeed, Tommerup was also the undoing of Scotland’s other player in the draw, Katrina Chan, beating her and her Danish partner in the opening round of the girls’ doubles and in the last-sixteen of the girls’ singles, although in the singles Chan pushed her all the way in an 18-21 23-21 21-8 defeat.

Chan also reached the last sixteen of the mixed doubles with England’s Ibrahim Kulkarni where Danish top seeds Phillip Kryger-Boe and Nicoline Tang beat them 21-17 21-19.

Full results are here