Hungarian glory for Campbell and MacHugh
Scotland’s Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh tuned up for this month’s Scottish Open Grand Prix by winning the men’s doubles at the 40th Yonex Hungarian International in Budaors this afternoon.
The top seeds face second seed Soren Gravholt and Nikolaj Overgaard of Denmark in the final and came through a 61-minute contest 21-13 18-21 21-16 to lift the title.
It was Campbell and MacHugh’s third final this year after victory in Iceland in January and finishing runners-up in Portugal in March.
Today’s result should lift them even higher than No. 62, which is their best world ranking to date and give them a big boost heading into the five-day Scottish Open in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, starting a fortnight on Wednesday.
To reach the final Campbell and MacHugh had to overcome team-mate Adam Hall and English partner Chris Coles in the semi-finals.
Campbell and MacHugh had started with a bye then defeated Marko Pyykonen and Pekka Ryhanen of Finland 21-12 21-9 then battled past Denmark’s Nicklas Mathiasen and Lasse Moelhede 21-9 11-21 21-8.
In the semi-finals they edged out Hall and Coles 12-21 21-19 21-18 to book their final place.
But credit to Hall and Coles, who won through two qualifying rounds to reach the main draw and a first-round bye before producing two three-game wins over Danish pairs to claim their semi-final place.
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