Frustration for Scots in Estonia

Scotland players endured a frustrating time in their first international tournament of 2017 as they looked to gain vital match practice before the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth in three weeks.

Six Scots entered the Yonex Estonian International in Tallinn but the Scottish challenge was jinxed from the start when top men's doubles seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh were forced to withdraw from the tournament because of MacHugh's back injury.
That left Ben Torrance, Matthew Carder and women's doubles second seeds Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle competing in Tallinn.

Torrance was the only one to win a match but his opening victory in the men's singles qualifying was not enough to get him through to the main draw.
Torrance, who had been forced to retire at the end of the second game of his quarter-final at the previous weekend's Babolat Dunfermline Championships, defeated Hungary's Gergo Pytel 22-20 21-9 in his opening contest only for the third qualifying seed to fall to France's Vincent Medina 21-16 21-15 in his second match.

In the main draw reigning National champion Matthew Carder fell to German qualifier Alexander Roovers 21-16 21-15 in the first round. Carder had won their only previous meeting 21-17 21-17 at the 2015 Yonex Welsh International.

There was more disappointment in the women's doubles where second seeds Findlay and Pringle, who had a bye in the first round, went out in the second round, beaten by Russian pair Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova 21-13 21-13.

All six players expect to be competing at the Nationals in Perth from 3-5 February when Scotland's Commonwealth and European silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour plans to return to action following surgery on the knee injury which has kept her out of action since the Olympic Games in Rio.

Gilmour will be bidding for a sixth successive women's singles title in Perth.