Yonex French Open 2022: Round up

Scottish interest at the YONEX French Open came to end on Thursday after two doubles pairings reached the second round in Paris.

Julie MacPherson and Ciara Torrance were in the women’s doubles action at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin and rallied from a game down in their opening contest to advance.

The impressive duo defeated Malaysian pairing Vivian Hoo and Lim Chiew Sen 6-21 21-13 21-18 to progress, before being beaten by eighth seeds Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong in the second round.

Also picking up an opening round victory were Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall, who defeated Keiichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi 21-18 21-15 to start their men’s doubles campaign.

Dunn and Hall faced a tricky second round tie against top seeds Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, and despite a determined effort they fell in straight games to the Japanese pairing.

We caught up with Adam on his experience of playing in this year’s tournament: “The French Open has always been one of my favourite events, it’s where I got my first super series level win way back in 2016. The atmosphere and support in the venue is up there with one of the best and really helped us through some tougher points this week!”

Also in the men’s doubles draw were Christopher and Matthew Grimley, who were defeated 21-18 21-13 by Malaysian eighth seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi in the first round.

Hall and MacPherson teamed up in the mixed doubles but were beaten in straight games by Danish duo Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje.

Kirsty Gilmour’s campaign ended in the first round, as she was defeated 21-18 21-14 by Lalinrat Chaiwan of Thailand.

Solibad Donations

Solibad ambassadors Adam Hall and Kirsty Gilmour organised a collection for donations of badminton shoes and equipment ahead of the French Open 2022 in Paris.

On behalf of Adam, Kirsty, Badminton Scotland and Solibad, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated shoes and rackets to this great cause!

Solibad’s philosophy is simple, and their actions are intended to be original: to have fun raising funds and providing financial or material assistance to populations in difficulty.

Read more about Solibad and the initiative.