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30 www.badmintonscotland.org.uk November 2013 JUNIOR FOCUS


Young Scots hit new peak


Continued from page 24 Against Russia they twice came from


behind to stand level at 2-2 going into the deciding girls’ doubles after Neil had won both his singles and doubles with Mauchline’s Hall. Team manager Julie Hogg said: “The


team can be proud of their efforts, especially as they were facing teams with much larger squads. “This was a great experience for


them and will stand them in good stead for the future. “But right now they have to focus on


the individual events taking place over the next few days.” Scotland were the only UK team


taking part in the Championships and the four youngsters were able to take advantage of a two-day break before tackling the individual events. But the schedule was no less gruelling with all four contesting singles, level doubles and mixed. Neil and Hall survived the longest in


the boys’ doubles, beating Americans Ryan Liu and Roberto Zeng before running into China’s joint fifth seeds Huang Kaixiang and Zheng SiWei on day three and going down 21-9 21-13. Neil also reached the last 64 of


the singles before losing toMax Weisskirchen, taking the first game against the German 22-20 before losing the next two 21-10 21-14. Hall went out to Russia’s Dmitrii Riabov 21-18 21-10. It was just as tough for the


MacPherson girls with Julie losing to China’s Xin YuangWang 21-4 21-15 while Heather fell to German Yvonne Li 21-19 21-12. In the doubles they faced the joint


ninth seeds in the opening round and lost 21-6 21-15 to Uswatun Khasanah andMasitaMahmudin of Indonesia. Neil and JulieMacPherson had a


good opening win over Czech pair Jaromir Janacek and Denisa Sikalova in the mixed doubles, saving a match point on the way to a 13-21 23-21 21-17 victory. But they fell in the next round 21-7 21-8 against China’s Tao Jianqi and Du Yue. Hall and HeatherMacPherson had a


first-round bye but then drew Hong Kong’sMan Tang Chun and Yung Ng Wing 21-16 21-10.


LaurenMiddleton and Annabel Young


Robbie Patterson and Dan Travers


ShonaWhillans


Robbie Patterson


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Rising stars catch the eye inMotherwell


EYEMOUTH’S Robbie Patterson was the surprise winner of the Under 15 singles title at the Scottish Junior National Championships at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. And he had to do it the hard way, beating not


one but both Grimley twins before lifting the title. Patterson beat top seed Christopher in the semi-finals 21-17 21-17 then toppledMatthew in a thrilling final 21-19 23-21. The Grimleys got a measure of revenge in


the doubles when they defeated second seeds Patterson and Calum Atterbury in the doubles final, the top seeds coming from behind to win a tough three-game battle18-21 21-13 21-17. Atterbury also gained some consolation for


that doubles defeat by taking the mixed title with Rachel Lu when they won another hard- fought contest against top seeds Glen Lewington and ShonaWhillans 27-25 11-21 21-16. That win gave Edinburgh’s Lu her second title


Matthew Grimley


after the top seed beat Longniddry’sWhillans in the singles final 21-17 21-8.


Christopher


andMatthew Grimley


Rachel Lu


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