Scotland’s young squad followed up their recent Swedish Junior success with more impressive performances at the Yonex France Under 17 Championships at Aire sur la Lys near St Omer at the weekend.
Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew, the mixed doubles second seeds, led the way when they finished runners-up in the mixed doubles. They defeated Dutch sixth seeds Brian Wassink and Charissa Kuiper 21-8 21-8 to reach the final before falling to French top seeds Kenji Lovang and Juliette Moinard 21-8 21-7.
Pringle was top seed in the boys’ singles and looked on course to justify that as he reached the last four without dropping a game.
But then he came up against third seed Christo Popov and went down 21-14 21-19 as the French boy went on to take the title, winning all his matches in straight games.
Pringle and Apiliga were top seeds in the boys’ doubles but after winning a tough battle with Calixte Courbon and Lalaina Ramanana-Rahary of France 21-16 16-21 21-12 to reach the semi-finals they bowed out against third seeds Viktor Lindahl of Finland and Wessel van der Aar of the Netherlands 21-19 21-19.
In the girls’ doubles Scotland also produced semi-finalists through Rachel Andrew and Rachel Cameron. The third seeds began with a bye then won two matches in straight games to reach the last four before falling to France’s top seeds Ainoa Desmons and Juliette Moinard 21-15 21-16.
Alice Campbell and Rachel Sugden were also in the girls’ doubles. They began by winning a close battle with France’s Camille Benetreau and Emmy Guilbard 21-18 10-21 24-22 before losing in the second round to another French pair Romane Cloteaux-Foucault and Charlotte Ganci 21-17 17-21 21-19 after leading 16-14 in the decider. The French pair went on to take the title.
In the girls’ singles third seed Rachel Sugden made a second-round exit but sixth seed Rachel Cameron came through to the last eight before losing a close contest with fourth seed Cloteaux-Foucault 23-21 19-21 21-17.