Turkish delight for Longniddry’s Paul

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Paul Van Rietvelde is celebrating after winning his first international title.

The 20-year-old from Longniddry, and England’s Ben Stawski won the men’s doubles title at the Turkish Open in Antalya – and that made up for Van Rietvelde’s defeat by Stawski in the mixed doubles second round on Friday.

The win will boost Van Rietvelde and Stawski from their position of world No170 after by far their best performance this year. They had only reached the last 16 in the Bulgarian, Spanish and Portuguese tournaments.

The pair had their work cut out to win in Turkey, needing three games to topple top seeds Niclas Nohr and Mads Pedersen of Denmark, 21-18 15-21 21-12 in the second round, and being taken to three games by Faborg Jensen Martin and Philip Pawlowski in the quarter-finals before coming from behind to win 17-21 21-8 21-13.

In the semi-finals they were too strong for England’s third seeds Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham, winning 21-16 21-17, and claimed the title with their third win over a Danish pair in the tournament when they defeated fourth seeds Mikkel Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Overgaard 21-19 21-13.

The win capped a fine day for Stawski, who also took the mixed doubles with Lauren Smith by beating Coles and Jessica Fletcher 21-19 21-13. He and Smith had overcome Van Rietvelde and Alyssa Lim in the second round but it was close. They had to come from behind to win 16-21 21-17 21-18.