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30 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


Robbie Patterson


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.


andMatthew Grimley

Rachel Lu

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