SSBU December Round Up

2010 Age Group: 17 December

16 boys and 8 girls entered the 2010 Age Group event on 17th December at Wishaw. Unfortunately, 2 boys and one girl had to withdraw before the event.

The four seeded boys got through the pools to the A knock-out, but Neeve Lukhi (Scotstoun) was on form and defeated number 2 seed Dylan Jia in the quarter final. Vedant Shukla (Glasgow) also put out seeded Yingfan Wang in the quarter final. However first seeded Charlie Junnor (Bellahouston) got through to the final where he met Reyansh Arora (Scotstoun). Charlie was the winner on this occasion with a 21-9, 21-17 victory.

In the girl’s singles number 2 seed Arisha Manir (East Kilbride) came up against local rival Elona Kennedy (Uddingston) in the semi-final. Elona was on form and won 21-18, 25-23. Elona then had to face number 1 seed Riya Bhaskar (Cupar) in the final and Elona continued her good form with a three-set victory 21-19, 11-21, 21-16.

In the boy’s doubles there was just one pool of 5 pairs. Aryan Aniruddhan & Yingfan Wang, Reyansh Arora & Charlie Junnor and Neev Lukhi & Kaliq Rafiddi each won 3 out of 4 of their matches giving a three-way tie. The result was settled on games with Aryan & Yingfan eventually being declared winners.

The girl’s doubles went according to seeding with Riya teaming up with Zoe Dixon (Glasgow) to take the winners trophies.

Junior Inter Area: 18 December

Many of the same players gather at the Sir Craig Reedie Centre on Sunday 18th to contest the Junior Inter Area. There were 4 teams – West, Glasgow, Edinburgh & Lanark.

Unfortunately, 2 of the Glasgow players withdrew at short notice and Glasgow had to concede both the second boys double and second girls doubles in their first match against West. However with the event being in Glasgow Vedant Shukla managed to come in at short notice to play in the remaining two matches. With  the Glasgow team being short of players West beat Glasgow by 7 matches to 3.

In the second round of games the West team came up against Edinburgh and with a lot of close matches Edinburgh came out winners by 6 matches to 4. Glasgow now only had to concede girls doubles and managed an 8 – 2 victory over Lanark.

In the final round of matches Glasgow took on Edinburgh. Although they still had to concede the second girls double the Glasgow team raised their game to achieve a 5 all draw in the match. This meant that for the third inter area in a row the result was very close with Edinburgh and West both winning the same number of matches but winning the event overall as they had achieved 2 wins and a draw while West had 2 wins and a loss.

SSBU now look forward to the second half of the season with events resuming in January.