On 11 February it was the turn of the youngest players born 2012 or later to take part in the SSBU Age Group event at Wishaw. 18 boys and 5 girls entered the competition.
The event got off to an unusual start with the fire alarm going off in the sports centre while the organisers were setting up. Fortunately after a 20 minute wait everyone was allowed back in to the building and the event started just a few minutes later than normal.
In the boys singles, 7 of the 8 seeded players reached the quarter finals with Yiming Feng (Edinburgh) taking the 8th spot.
Yiming lost to fellow Edinburgh player Ziyang Xiao in the quarter final – It was a good day for the Edinburgh players with Ziyang reaching the final where his other Edinburgh colleague Yingfan Wang proved just too strong with Yingfan winning the final 21-7, 21-3.
The girls singles was played as a pool of 5 and by the last round of the pool the two top seeds were unbeaten so the last game was effectively the final.
Arisha Manir (Glasgow) continued her good form but was given a good challenge by Emily Jobson (Edinburgh) with Arisha winning the match 24-22, 21-14.
Annika Sinha has travelled down from Aberdeen with her brother to play in 2 recent events. On both occasions she has been keen to play girls doubles but unfortunately there have been no available partners.
On this occasion she was the only entry for the girls doubles so the event could not be played. However when Edinburgh player Will Hunter’s partner had to withdraw from the boys doubles Annika stepped in to take the vacant slot.
The pair tried hard managing to get a 3 set victory over Atrasnu Bhaduri and Ryan Jacob but still had to settle for sixth place in the pool. Brother Aarav was paired with Aayush Nagdeve (also Aberdeen) and this pair managed second place with Yingfan taking his second title pairing up with Yiming.
The next events for SSBU are the quaich competitions with the Gibb Memorial Primary Quaich event on Saturday 25 February and the Gibb Memorial Secondary Quaich event a few days later on 1 March.