Glasgow International Doubles Results

Posted by Carissa Turner at 04:05 on 24 May 2017

The afternoon of Saturday 20th May saw the Welsh players joining forces to participate in the doubles events at the Glasgow International Youth Badminton Championships.

U15

Archie Bult and Michael Pritchard paired up in the doubles while Daniel Clarke was paired with Nathan Macpherson of Scotland who had beaten Archie in three sets earlier in the day in singles.
Daniel found himself in Group 2 with his scratch partner along with Akaash Baiju & Adam Davies (England) and second seeds Kenneth Cheung & Callum Smith (Scotland) and knew it would be a tough task from the offset.
Unfortunately, having never played with each other before gaps and weaknesses appeared in their game as they lost both their matches in straight sets.

Archie & Michael were drawn in to Group 5 along with 5/8 seeds William Atkin & Nathan Moore (England) and Jack Riddle & Danny Sinclair (Scotland).
The boys got off to a great start when they won their first match against the Scotts with relative ease 21-14 21-10. After this match they had a slight break and chance to analyse the English pair who played the Scotts next.
Atkin & Moore won 21-14 21-13, as expected, and so their tie with the Welsh pair would be the decider as to who would advance to the Quarter Finals and elimination rounds.
Considering that Archie & Michael are relatively inexperienced in playing with each other due to them living in different areas of the country, the boys played incredibly well as they took the first set against the seeds 21-16!
But the English boys fought back in the second set and managed to take an early lead giving them a 21-12 win and taking the match to a decising set.
Michael & Archie communicated well and tried to take control of the match however, Atkin & Moore's experience of playing together was apparent as they pushed ahead and took the final set 21-14.

In the girls doubles Lowri Hart had been paired with Sweden's Cicilia Wang. 
They also got off to a flying start as they made quick work of Scottish opponents Jessica Robson & Rachel Wedlock defeating them 21-10 21-5.  
Their next match would decide whether they made it to the Quarter Finals or not. They faced Mette Blume & Cara Collins (Denmark/England) who they also beat convincingly 21-16 21-11 thus securing Lowri's second Quarter Final of the tournament!
There they faced established Swedish pair Elin Boman & Julia Tuvesson who were 3/4 seeds. Considering that Lowri & Cecilia had only met that day they played brilliantly but couldn't quite take the match against the eventual Silver Medallists and lost 21-17 21-16 in a long 39 minute match.

This then left the Mixed Doubles which was played as a straight knock out/elimination draw instead of groups as the singles and level doubles had been.
Wales only had Michael Pritchard & Lowri Hart entered in this event and initially they dealt with this pressure very well as they steam rolled over Joseph Carlyle & Amanda Martin (Scotland) 21-10 21-5.
Sadly this success did not last as they came up against Ewen Stephen & Caitlin Harper (England) in the next round and lost 21-13 21-15.
Despite their disappointment, the pair showed great potential and with a bit more experience will no doubt be pushing on to the latter stages of events in the future.

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U13

There were two pairs in both the girls and boys doubles at U13s. Freya Cottrill & Jasmine Owen paired up together while Saffron Morris partnered her English friend and singles rival Grace Sachdeva.
Freya & Jasmine found themselves in Group 4 with their opponents from the Team Event. While they did better than the previous day and almost took one set they couldn't sway the matches in their favour as they lost to Lucy Atkins & Abigail Hong 21-19 21-12 and 3/4 seeds Brooke Stalker & Keryn Swan 21-17 21-16.
Saffron & Grace were in Group 1 with three other pairs and the first seeds. They had a nail biting first match against Ireland's Neasa Flynn & Chloe Woods which had everyone on the edge of their seats but, the luck of the Irish came in to play as the girls lost 21-16 22-24 21-23!
Next up were Charlotte Freer & Zara Kirkwood (England/Scotland) and the girls were determined not to let a win slip away this time. Once they gained a lead they did not let it go and won their second game 21-17 21-17.
Finally they had to face Katherine Arksey & Smrithi Shirol who were seeded first and towered above them. Both Saffron & Grace played well and were competitive within the rallies but couldn't do enough to cause an upset as they lost 21-12 21-12.
Despite coming second in the group the young friends did not make it through to the knock out stages as only one from each group advanced, but all four girls can be pleased with their efforts.

Thomas Morgan & Arnav Patil did not get off to a great start in their first match against Harry Bent & Ben Riddle (Scotland) as they lost in a three set battle 14-21 21-10 14-21.
The Scottish boys then went on to lost 21-2 21-10 to Luke Hoult & Jake Prentice who were seeded 3/4 and Tom & Arnav's next opponents.
They had faced each other the previous day with the match going to the English pair 21-11 21-17 and so Tom & Arnav knew that they had a tough fight ahead of them. They began well and were up at the first interval 11-9, the English boys pushed back and took a lead of a couple of points but the Welsh retaliated in kind and managed to bring the score back even.
The set went point for point but in the end Tom & Arnav's attack paid off as they took the first set 22-20! Sadly they couldnt maintain this standard of play as errors began to creep in with fatigue and they lost the next set 21-13.
With winning in mind they entered the third set determined to pull the match back in their favour and they did well up until the mid teens where at 13-14 a fault called by the umpire tipped the scales and the English pair ran away with the match winning 21-15.
A huge improvement for Thomas & Arnav from the previous day and definitely a performance to be proud of as Hoult & Prentice went on to reach the Semi Finals.

Adil Khan & Daniel Kite were the other pair in the boys doubles and entered the tournament seeded 9th. 
They won their group and showed everyone why they were seeded making swift work of Daniel Kemp & Callan Short (England/Scotland) winning 21-5 21-8. Despite a shakey first set against Thomas Lygate & Anthony McGuire (Scotland) which they won 23-21 before relaxing and winnin the second set 21-11. 
This took them through to the Last 16 of the event and saw them face the fiery Irish 5/8 seeds Matthew Cheung & Vincent Pontanosa who had an almost impenetrable defence. Every rally seemed never ending and the young dragons showed great fitness, flare and finesse during the match. 
It's a shame that the scoreline did not reflect the quality of the game but the boys should be proud of their performance nonetheless.

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After a brief rest it was in to the mixed doubles and Adil Khan & Saffron Morris found themselves up against an astoundingly tall Joseph Scott and his partner Natasha Morris in the first round.
These two pairings had met last October with the game going in the English pairs favour rather quickly and easily, but Adil & Saffron were getting a reputation for their marathon mixed matches and weren't about to let the spectators down!
They implemented the mid court pushes tactic well in the first set and took it 21-18 but made a couple of mistakes at crucial times in the second set which slipped away from them 17-21. 
The third set again went point for point and despite the clear physical advantage that Joseph Scott had, neither Adil or Saffron were phased. Whether it be due to nerves or the adrenaline and anxiety of wanting to win so badly the Welsh duo tensed up towards the end of the match and failed to swing the match in their favour as the lost the third set 19-21.

Daniel Kite & Jasmine Owen however, had a much easier time of their first round match against Scott MacKenzie & Anna Craig which they won 21-3 21-6.
The following match proved more difficult against Vincent Pontanosa & Julia O'Reilly (Ireland). Up until this point the Irish had dominated their Welsh opponents but Daniel did not want to miss out on a chance for revenge from the boys doubles. Despite both Jasmine & Daniel making a number of errors in the first set they closed off the match with a 22-20 21-17 win advancing them to the Quarter Finals!
They faced Anthony McGuire & Keryn Swan who had played one less game than them in the Quarter Finals. While they got off to a brilliant start in the first set winning 21-17 the second set was both physically and mentally demanding which the Welsh pair were unlucky to lose 22-20.  The third set did not get off to a great start for the duo from West Wales as they found themselves trailing by a couple of points at the 11 point interval. The Scottish changed their tactics from hard attack to a rallying style and fatigue set in for the Welsh players who had already done so well earlier in the day and they bowed out of the mixed doubles 21-15.

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All players gave the tournament their all and did Wales proud. It is incredibly positive and encouraging to see such professionalism, tenacity and talent from the junior players.

Badminton Wales would once again like to thank all the players, coaches and parents for their support not only last weekend but throughout the season.

A full list of results for the individual event can be found here.