April

Dunn and Hall reach semi-finals in Finland

Alex Dunn and Adam Hall reached their second semi-final in the space of three weeks at the Finnish Open, being held in Vantaa, Finland from 4-7 April.

Dunn and Hall beat England’s sixth seeds Peter Briggs and Gregory Mairs 21-16 21-19 in the quarter-finals to set up a clash against Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana for a place in the final.

But despite winning the first set, the Scots went out 12-21 21-19 22-20 to the Indonesian pair, who went on to win the title.

The Scottish third seeds, who also reached the semi-finals of the recent Orleans Masters, opened their campaign in Finland with a hard fought win over Nikita Khakimov and Alexandr Zinchenko, coming from behind to beat the Russians 14-21 22-20 21-16.

That was followed up with another hard-fought battle in the second round where they beat Danish pair Mads Emil Christensen and Emil Hybel 21-18 23-21.

Hall and Julie MacPherson suffered an early defeat in the mixed doubles, going down to a 21-16 21-23 21-15 loss to Indonesia’s Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati.

And Toni Woods lost to Estonia’s Getter Saar in the women’s singles and she and Ireland’s David Walsh lost in the mixed doubles to French pair Gaetan and Audrey Mittelheisser.

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