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Scottish success in Milton Keynes

There were several Scottish success stories at the U17 Milton Keynes Gold tournament, held on 16 & 17 September 2017.

In the Gold Star boys’ singles Kenneth Cheung won all three of his group games, including a 22-20 21-17 win over second seed Jack Taylor to reach the semi-finals.

That was the end of the road for the 15 year old but not before he gave joint 3/4 seed Sid Palakkal a run for his money by taking the first game before going down to a 17-21 21-14 21-15 defeat.

Cheung also reached the semi-finals of the boys’ doubles partnering Michael McGuire.

The pair won both of their group matches before coming through a tough three-game quarter-final against Stephen Jong and Chad Warren, winning 21-10 20-22 21-9.

The semi-final proved to be the stumbling point once again as the Scots went out 21-14 26-24 to Taylor and Neil Bhabuta, who went on to win the title.

The boys’ singles saw Jamie Gunn reach the final, justifying his second seed status.

Gunn came through two straightforward group matches before battling through two three-game tussles in the quarter- and semi-finals.

But the final was a step too far, with Gunn going down to a 24-22 21-13 loss against Harry Lines.

There was also a silver medal for joint 3/4 seed Erin Waddell in girls’ singles.

Waddell reached the final without dropping a game, but she couldn’t see off Tashvi Parab who triumphed 17-21 21-12 21-7 to take the title.

Full results available here