Jamie Gunn – Jan 2019stef
A good start to the new year, and a step up in age group to U18 so I’ll be playing U19 circuit and some senior tournaments.
The first event of 2019 was the Midlothian U19 Grade A tournament. I made it to the quarter finals unseeded and lost 10-21 22-20 18-21 to number 2 seed and national champion Callum Smith. In level doubles with Joshua Apiliga we reached the final however due to injury Joshua had to pull out the match. The following weekend I played my second senior nationals. I lost in both my first games against established senior Matthew Carder 13-21 16-21 and Ciar Pringle & Jack McGregor 11-21 16-21(2018 Irish Open runner ups)
This weekend I played the 9th Hungarian U19 international. I won all my first matches with a win in my singles against Bulgarian Angelov 17-21 16-21 and a mixed win against higher ranked Croatian pair 21-12 16-21 21-15 with partner Rachel Sugden. The following day we put out the number 2 seeds Slovakian pair Horak and Tarkalova 10-21 21-13 21-19 which was a big upset in the tournament. I unfortunately lost my last 32 singles game against top Danish player Axel Parkhoi 8-21 18-21. Axel proceeded to the finals where he lost in 3 to top seed Popov. My mixed run came to an end in the quarter finals against a Slovenian pair 21-17 21-17.