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Stalker and Riddle both hit double top at U11 Nationals

Brooke Stalker marked 100 days to go to the start of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 in Glasgow by winning the Scottish National Under 11 girls’ singles and doubles titles for the second year running at Scotstoun this afternoon.

The Dunfermline youngster retained her singles title in emphatic fashion, winning all four group matches and her quarter-final for the loss of just 16 points.

She then defeated Ishbel McCallister 21-12 in her most demanding contest before winning the final 21-6 against another Edinburgh rival in 3/4 seed Vibha Raman, who had defeated Glasgow second seed Katrina Chan 21-19 in the semi-finals.

In the doubles Stalker and Chan retained their title, starting off with three group wins for the loss of just 14 points. In the semi-final they overcame second seeds Iona Muir (Renfrew) and Eva Tremble (Irvine) 21-11 then took the title by beating Raman and East Kilbride’s Jorja Jenkins-Urquhart 21-13.

Not to be outdone, North Berwick’s Ben Riddle also did the title double in the boys’ events.
 
Riddle, a singles semi-finalist last year, won his three group matches before beating Isle of Lewis prospect Keith Bray 21-9 in the last 16 knockout round.
 
He followed that up with a 21-15 quarter-final win over Motherwell’s Matthew Waring and a 21-12 semi-final win over Glasgow 3/4 seed and doubles partner Karan Shah.
 
In the final he faced Stonehaven’s Joseph O’Neil-Ferrero after the 3/4 seed had beaten Dundee second seed and his doubles partner Callum Short 23-21 in the closest of the day’s contests. But Riddle took the title by winning the final 21-12.
 
Riddle, who had won the doubles last year with Harry Bent, then teamed up with Shah for his title defence.
 
They came through four group matches for the loss of just 22 points to earn a bye in the knockout quarter-finals.
 
In the semi-final they overcame Waring and Glasgow’s Jac McLaughlin 21-8 to earn a final clash with second seeds O’Neil-Ferrero and Short, who had beaten Bray and Kirkwall’s Erland Ballantine in the semi-finals 21-15.
But once again the fourth and last A level final went according to seeding with Riddle and Shah winning 21-7.
 
The winner of the Russell Hogg Trophy, presented for fair play, sportsmanship and the  most meritorious performance of the Championships was Glasgow’s Ewan Stewart.
 
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “Throughout the day we have seen the stars of the future in action and how fitting it was that they performed so well to mark the 100 days to go to the World Championships (which will be held at the Emirates Arena from August 21-27).

“Hopefully these youngsters will become Scotland stars in their own right and one day represent us at a future world championships.

“The countdown to the Worlds gains more momentum on Monday when we hold a special event at Kelvingrove with BADMINTONscotland announcing two more World Championship Ambassadors to join Judy Murray, Finn Russell, Craig Gordon and Catriona Matthew.

“All six will be doing their utmost to promote Glasgow’s third hosting of a World Badminton Championships following the successes of 1997 and 2007.”

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