FORMER champions Calum Menzies (Falkirk) and Craig Goddard (East Kilbride) will meet in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the men’s singles at the Yonex Scottish National Championships at the Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.
Second seed Menzies booked his semi-final place with straight-game wins over Alan Steel (Motherwell), Calvin Percival (Greenock) and Josh Neil (Prestwick) with joint fifth seed Neil providing the sternest opposition before Menzies won 21-13 21-12.
Three-time champion Goddard also reached the last four without being taken to three games, beating Jakob Van den Berg (Edinburgh) 21-10 21-18, Callum Riddell (Irvine) 21-8 21-13 then advancing to the last four when Adam Hall (Mauchline) was forced to retire at 11-4 down in the first game of their quarter-final with a blistered foot.
In the top half Danny Leinster (Glasgow) also reached the last four through a retirement when Ruaraidh Sim (Lisburn) had to quit with an ankle injury after taking the first game of the quarter-final 23-21 and leading 5-4 in the second game.
Ben Torrance (Prestwick), another 5/8 seed, will face Leinster in the last four after beating Stewart Ferns (Edinburgh) 21-9 21-13 in the quarter-finals.
Top seed Kirsty Gilmour (Bothwell) remains on course for a women’s singles and doubles double. The top seed and defending singles champion defeated Frances Heslop (Glasgow) 21-10 21-8 and will face Emma Cook (Mauchline) in the semi-finals after she defeated Kirsty McGlynn (Greenock) 21-11 22-20.
In the bottom half four-times singles champion Rita Yuan Gao (currently living and coaching in Switzerland) defeated Julie MacPherson (Edinburgh) 21-5 21-11 while Rebekka Findlay (Erskine) knocked out MacPherson’s sister Heather 21-13 21-8.
Level doubles action continues this afternoon. The singles and level doubles semi-finals will be tomorrow morning with all finals in the afternoon. Tickets are available on the door.
The Championships are back in Perth for a 12th consecutive year courtesy of BADMINTONscotland in conjunction with Perth & Kinross Council, Perth Common Good Fund, Perth & Kinross Sports Council and Live Active Leisure.
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