Tuesday 22 August 2017
Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh will face seeded opposition in the second round of the TOTAL BWF World Championships after defeating Dutch pair Jacco Arends and Ruben Jille at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
Campbell and MacHugh, ranked 54th in the world, needed just two sets to seal victory, recording a 21-13 21-18 success over their opponents in the first meeting between the two pairs.
There was little to separate them in the opening stages of the match, the Scots only pulling away when the scoreboard read 9-9 on Court One to soar to the early advantage.
The second set was a much tighter affair, with Arends and Jille looking set to take the tie to a decider before Campbell and MacHugh found another level to come from behind and guarantee another match on home soil - against 2016 YONEX All England champions Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov.
“We’re feeling pretty good, going into it we were slight underdogs and they’ve got a small advantage in the rankings, but we’ve been playing well recently in tournaments and had a good amount of practice in the hall,” said Campbell.
“We were confident that the arena would suit us and our style, thankfully we were able to bring out a top performance.
“We had a good win out in the US against a pair ranked higher than us, so we knew that our play was better than our ranking when we play at our best.
“It’s about making sure we’re able to put in that best performance and I’m very grateful we were able to do that.”
Theirs was not the only British victory on day two of the championships, with England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock - who won Commonwealth Gold in Glasgow three years ago - making light work of their tie with French opposition.
The Adcocks, crowned European champions in April, won in straight sets against Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo to sail into the third round, having received a bye in the first round.
Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell were the first Scots in action on Tuesday, and faced Nadia Fankhauser of Switzerland and Malaysian Sannatasah Saniru but, despite putting in an impressive performance, it was not enough to progress and the pair went out 21-19 21-19.
It was disappointment too for Glasgow’s Matthew Carder, who despite putting up a valiant effort, could do little to prevent Russia’s Vladimir Malkov prevailing in straight sets in the final match of the night on Court One.
English pair Ben Lane and Jess Pugh were left frustrated after missing out on a place in the third round of the mixed doubles, with a two-set defeat to ninth seeds Choi Solgyu and Chae Yoo Jung.
There was also a loss for men’s singles player Toby Penty, who bowed out against sixth seed Chou Tien Chen, while Jenny Moore and Viki Williams and Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden also bowed out.
The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 is being staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August. Tickets avilable here.
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