Dunn helps Scots off to flier in Euro campionships

Badminton champion Alex Dunn
Badminton champion Alex Dunn

Motherwell’s Alex Dunn played a key role in helping Scotland get off yto a winning start in the team competition at the European junior championships.

The teenager won both his singles and his mixed doubles as the Scots defeated Bulgaria 5-0 in their Group Four opener in Poland.

The Dalziel High School pupil is part of a strong Scottish squad taking part in both team and individual events in the Polish city of Lubin.

It’s a venue which will bring back happy memories for Dunn who won his first international title there earlier this year, teaming up with Mauchline’s Adam Hall to lift the boys’ doubles at the Polish Junior Championships in January.

In the team competition Scotland were drawn against joint third seeds France, Slovenia and a Bulgaria who they whitewashed in their opening contest in Wednesday.

Dunn defeated Dimitar Yanakiev in his singles clash in what was the longest match of the tie, taking 43 minutes to edge to victory 21-19 19-21 21-18 thanks to a dominant performance in the deciding game.

Dunn and Hall, who had earlier won in the mixed doubles, then returned to the court to win their doubles 21-14 21-18 against Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Panev in just 19 minutes.

Next up is a match with Slovenia today (Friday) followed by a potential group decider against the French on Saturday.

The individual events will run from Tuesday, March 31, until Saturay, April 4, Dunn will play in both the singles and the doubles, again with Hall.

However the singles draw hasn’t been kind as, after receiving a first round bye, he will face Danish number five seed Anders Antonsen.

In the boys’ doubles Dunn and Hall are joint fifth seeds and will start their bid for glory against Greek pair Panagiotis Botelis and Asimakis Vlahopoulos.