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Grimleys and Newall seeded for European Juniors

GLASGOW twins Matthew and Christopher Grimley and Mauchline’s Holly Newall have been seeded for the individual events at the European Under 19 Championships to be played in the French city of Mulhouse from 11-16 April.

In today’s draw at Badminton Europe’s Copenhagen headquarters the Grimleys, who are No. 4 seeds, were given a first-round bye in the boys’ doubles before facing Italy’s Fabio Capello and Giovanni Toti or Ukraine’s Roman Altunyan and Oleksandr Chakalov.

They are joined in the doubles by Motherwell’s Alex Dunn and Giffnock’s Ciar Pringle, who start their challenge against Russia’s Georgi Karpov and Mikhail Lavrikov. Dunn will go into the Championships boosted by reaching the final of last weekend’s Yonex Polish Open senior event with Adam Hall.

Newall, who is No. 16 seed in the girls’ singles, will face Petra Polanc of Slovenia in the first round while team-mate and doubles partner Rachel Sugden (Alexandria), who last weekend won the National Under 17 singles title, will meet Ukraine’s Valeriya Rudakova.

Newall and Sugden begin with a bye in the doubles before meeting the winner of the match between England’s Grace King and Hope Warner and Russia’s Valeria Makkoveeva and Daria Radchenko.

They will be joined in the doubles by Beith’s Eleanor O’Donnell and Prestwick’s Ciara Torrance, who also start with a bye before facing Swiss pair Aline Muller and Jenjira Stadelman or Denmark’s Amalie Magelund and Freja Ravn.

The Grimley twins each tackle two events. Matthew, who on Sunday beat his brother in a thrilling final to win his second Under 17 National singles title, starts with a bye before taking on 13th seed Miguel Rocha of Portugal.

Pringle is also in the singles and, after an opening bye, faces Hungary’s Georgi Pytel or Portugal’s Carlos Andre Silva.

In the mixed doubles 2015 and 2017 Under 17 National champion Christopher Grimley partners 2016 National champion Torrance and their first-round opponents are England’s Max Flynn and Lizzie Tolman.

Dunn and O’Donnell meet Slovakia’s Adam Horak and Mia Tarcalova.

The individual championships follow the team event, which begins on April 7 and has its final on the morning of April 11 with the individual events starting late afternoon.

Scotland are drawn in Group 6 against Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Portugal and have the honour of playing in the opening series of matches on day one against the Spaniards.