Scotland’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the women’s event at the European Team Championships in Basel were finally ended today when they went down 3-2 to Russia while Switzerland were defeating Belgium to move into second place in Group 4.
But Scotland’s men must play a waiting game to see if they go into the quarter-finals as one of the two best runners-up from the group stages after roaring back from 2-0 down to defeat Belgium 3-2.
Their match with Belgium got off to a disappointing start when Kieran Merrilees was forced to retire against Yuhan Tan when leading 21-14 16-15.
And they were up against it after Matthew Carder lost a close battle 21-18 18-21 21-19 against Put Marijn.
But Martin Campbell started the fightback when he overcame Nathan Vervaeke 21-12 21-17.
Robert Blair and Paul Van Rietvelde were too strong for Nick Marcoen and Sam Van Den Broeck as they eased to a 21-11 21-17 victory.
And Campbell returned to the court to partner Patrick MacHugh to a battling victory over Mattijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski 21-14 10-21 21-8.
That meant the Scots finished second in the group behind England and are now in contention with Netherlands, Ukraine or France (who meet tonight), Russia and Slovenia for the two runners-up spots.
In the women’s match Kirsty Gilmour gave Scotland another good start against Russia when she defeated Natalia Perminova in the top singles.
But former Scottish Open winner Ella Diehl put the Russians level when she defeated Rebekka Findlay 21-12 21-7 before Caitlin Pringle went down 21-13 21-5 against Anastasia Chervaykova.
Gilmour and Imogen Bankier put Scotland level with a 21-12 21-17 win against Ekanerina Bolotova and Olga Morozova.
But in the deciding contest Olympic bronze medallist and another Scottish Open star, Nina Vislova, teamed up with Evgeniya Kosetskaya to defeat Findlay and Pringle 21-3 21-14.
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