THE roar of the home crowd was not enough to lift Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh to victory at the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships as the Scottish pair lost in the second round of the men’s doubles in Glasgow.
The duo were defeated in straight sets 21-14, 21-14 by Russian tenth seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov at the Emirates Arena, where they both competed during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
After putting on a dominant display to win their first-round match in straight sets, the Scots were unable to repeat the feat against more experienced opponents, but they were only too aware of the challenge that awaited them.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one coming into the match, they’re a very highly-ranked pair,” said 27-year-old Campbell.
“They’ve beaten the top in the world so we always knew it was going to be hard, we just wanted to try and play our game plan.
“They’re big, tall guys so it was never going to be pretty badminton. It was a lot of short, quick points and we just found it difficult to get into the game or to get any momentum.
“We felt we could pose a challenge for them, after the first game it was a real high for us because played really well.”
But despite their spell at the World Championships ending earlier than they would have liked, Campbell and MacHugh are only too confident that a promising future awaits.
“I think we’ve proved we can play at this level, especially because it’s been at home, when you play away there’s not quite as much pressure,” Campbell added.
“There’s always pressure you put on yourself, but when you play at home you really work to perform in the home crowd.
“For us to manage to put in a performance like Tuesday at a World Championships when there’s a lot of build-up and pressure for us to do well, it really shows to us that we can cope with that and gives us a lot of confidence going into next season.”
• The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 is being staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August. It is being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and The National Lottery through UK Sport. Tickets available at www.glasgow2017.com/tickets