February

Top seeds to face defending champions in Yonex Scottish National Championships finals

The final of the mixed doubles at the Yonex Scottish National Championships will be contested by top seeds Adam Hall and Julie MacPherson and second seeds and defending champions Alex Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell.

Hall and MacPherson faced a potentially difficult opener against Matthew Grimley and Ciara Torrance, winning 21-18 21-15.

They followed that up by winning another difficult clash in the semi-final, beating Ciar Pringle and Lauren Middleton 21-10 19-21 21-12 and speaking afterwards Hall said: “The first game [against Grimley and Torrance] was tough for us. They are a good pair and would have been in with a real chance of making the final.

“We were a bit slow to start but we just kept ourselves in it and we got there in the end.”

MacPherson, who has contested every mixed doubles final since 2015 without taking the title, including a heart-breaking 21-17 14-21 25-23 loss last year with Martin Campbell, said: “I’ve not had much luck in the Nationals in mixed doubles. I think I’ve been in the finals in the last four years without winning it.

“But I’m not putting any pressure on myself. We’ll just play our best and see what happens.”

Dunn and O’Donnell opened the defence of their title by beating Jack MacGregor and Sarah Sidebottom 21-9 21-12 before winning 21-12 21-12 against former men’s doubles champion Thomas Bethell and his partner Basia Grodynska to reach the final and speaking afterwards O’Donnell said “We had a couple of tough games but we both played quite well.

“We stayed focussed throughout both matches and got the wins.”

Dunn continued “We’re excited to be in the final again defending the title. We are second seeds and we haven’t been playing too much mixed recently so we’re not putting too much pressure on ourselves.

“We’ll go out there and enjoy it and we know if we play our best we have a good chance of retaining our title.”

The final will be played on Sunday 3 February.

Play continues tomorrow with men’s singles from 09.30hrs and ladies’ singles from 13.30hrs. Men’s doubles will start at 16.00hrs and ladies’ doubles from 18.00hrs.

The Yonex Scottish National Championships are being staged at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth, from 1-3 February 2019 with support from Perth and Kinross Council, Live Active Leisure and the Perth Common Good Fund.

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