ADAM Hall and Eleanor O’Donnell have progressed to the last 16 of the mixed doubles at the Scottish Open Grand Prix.
The Scottish pair beat Canadian Adrian Liu and Australian Leanne Choo in straight games, although they had to endure a tough first game, winning 23-21 before winning the second 21-14.
Adam said that winning the first, coming from 20-18 down, set the tone: “It really changed the momentum. We started well and then the momentum changed and they had a couple of game points. But after we won that game we were really in charge right from the start of the second set.
“If we had lost that then we would have been annoyed that we had let a good position slip. We both have doubles later so the less time spent on court the better.”
Eleanor was delighted to progress to the next stage: “I feel amazing, this is only my second Scottish Open, last year I had a tough draw so this is my first win at a Scottish Open – so it’s great.”
Adam, equally as delighted, pointed out that the pair have not played together regularly: “I’m really happy – me and Eleanor haven’t played a tournament since May because I moved down to Milton Keynes, so we have had literally three training sessions together. But we felt really comfortable on court.
The win was Hall’s first main draw win in the mixed doubles at the Scottish Open, and he is confident that they can move further through the competition: “If we play like that then the draw opens up for us because the seconds seeds pulled out yesterday.
We will have a tough game tomorrow, but if we play like that then I don’t see why we can’t win.”
Both players are playing doubles matches on Thursday night, before they play together again tomorrow.