Boy Dunn good

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

Mother­well teenager Alex Dunn is hav­ing the time of his life down on the Gold Coast.

He helped the Scot­tish team get off to a win­ning start in the Mixed Dou­bles team event when Scot­land beat Pak­istan in their group opener on Thurs­day morning.

Play­ing along­side Eleanor O’Don­nell, they com­fort­ably beat Mu­rad Ali and Pal­washa Bashir 2-0 to help Scot­land to a 5-0 win.

Speak­ing to the Wishaw Press from Aus­tralia, he said:“The tour­na­ment so far has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Get­ting to play cen­tre court against some of the best play­ers in the world was amaz­ing and the at­mos­phere is crazy!

“It was good to win the first few games to set­tle some nerves and of course al­ways happy to win and get points for the team.”

Scot­land next faced off against Sri Lanka in the af­ter­noon on Thurs­day.

Again in the Mixed Dou­bles along­side O’Don­nell, af­ter los­ing the open­ing game they got one back be­fore Sri Lanka took the de­ci­sive third to win the match.

He then joined Adam Hall to com­pete the Men’s Dou­bles, which they won 2-0 to help Scot­land to an­other over­all 4-1 win.

In their fi­nal group match, Scot­land faced In­dia on Fri­day morning. With Dunn not fea­tur­ing, Scot­land lost 5-0.

They had still done enough to progress to Satur­day’s quar­ter fi­nals. Scot­land faced a hot­lytipped Malaysia team.

Hav­ing lost the open­ing two games, it was down to Dunn and part­ner Adam Hall to keep Scot­land in the tie.

De­spite putting up a brave fight, the Malaysian pair were too strong and sent Malaysia through to the semi-fi­nals.

Dunn said:“For the team to reach the quar­ters we are all pretty happy with the re­sults with hav­ing quite a tricky group.

“We all played well and for each other.”

Dunn has now moved onto the Mixed Dou­bles and Men’s Dou­bles events. In the Mixed they got off to an easy win­ning start yes­ter­day when Kenya re­tired.

They next face Sri Lanka today, while he was due to get his Dou­bles up and run­ning against Sey­chelles yes­ter­day.

He added:“The mixed dou­bles will be tough as we have good play­ers ahead of us in the draw and if we get far enough then we will come up against the Olympic sil­ver medal­ists from Malaysia.

“The tar­get is to reach the quar­ter fi­nals in the Men’s Dou­bles.”

Suc­cess Alex Dunn, and above, with his play­ing part­ner Eleanor O’Don­nell

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