February

Grimleys win Hungarian Junior in all-Scotland final

Christopher Grimley admits he and his brother Matthew showed fighting spirit to save two match points and clinch the U19 doubles title at the Hungarian Junior International.

The Scottish duo lost the first game to fellow Scots Joshua Apiliga and Adam Pringle 21-19 before storming back to win the next two games 22-20 and 21-17 and seal the U19 crown in Pecs.

The Grimleys, who were the number one seeds in the competition, hadn’t dropped a game throughout the tournament before facing their unseeded compatriots.

And having gone one set down, the brothers had to show all of their grit to finally down their teammates in 53 minutes, the longest final of the afternoon.

The brothers defeated fourth seeds Hans-Kristjan Pilve and Alexander Raudsepp in the semi-finals 21-7 21-16 to set up an all-Scotland clash.

And Christopher Grimley claimed coming back in the final and saving two match points was the highlight of the competition.

He said: “It was hard to come back after losing a close first game.

“It was good to win eventually in the end after saving two match points in the second game. This will give us more confidence to do better in the next few tournaments coming up. We didn't give up and it paid off in the end.”

Apiliga and Pringle dumped out third seeds Szymon Stokfisz and Wikor Trecki during their memorable run to the final in southern Hungary.

Christopher Grimley complimented his teammates for putting them under pressure and admits it was nice to have an all-Scotland final to complete the tournament.

He said: “Adam and Josh playing well all of the match and put pressure on us and pushed us all the way.

“An all Scottish final was a great way to end the competition and playing against our teammates too.”

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