Torrance, MacPherson and Hall through to Spanish Semi-finals

Adam Hall, Julie MacPherson and Ciara Torrance are all through to the semi-finals of the Spanish Masters being held this week in Huelva, Spain.

Quarter-final wins in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles means there will be Scottish representation in all three of the doubles events in Spain on semi-finals Saturday.

The Scots got off to a great start this morning with an outstanding 21-14 13-21 21-14 win for MacPherson and Torrance over Danish fourth seeds Julie Finne-Ipsen and Mai Surrow.

The Scots will face Indonesian pair Yulfira Barkah and Febby Valencia Gani in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Not to be outdone, Hall and Danish partner Frederik Sogaard scored an equally impressive win over Indonesia’s second seeds Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin.

The European pairing had to save a match point at 22-21 down in the decider on their way to a 21-18 17-21 24-22 win that sets up semi-final clash with another Indonesian pair, Sabar Karyaman Gutama and Moh Reza Isfahani.

And in the last match of the day, fourth seeds Hall and MacPherson beat yet more Indonesian opposition to secure their place in the mixed doubles semi-final.

The Scots beat Ghana Muhammad Al Ilham and Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani 21-15 21-19 and face the top seeds Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Hall said “we’re very happy with the mixed doubles to get it done in 2 sets. We’ve lost those tight 2nd sets quite a lot as a pair so to get through that will give us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

There are no prizes for guessing where their opposition hails from – Indonesia once again.


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