Sinead pushes top seeds all the way in Croatia

Alpha's Sinead Chambers stretches to make a return.
Alpha's Sinead Chambers stretches to make a return.

It was a bitter-sweet weekend for Alpha’s Sinead Chambers.

While she may have been disappointed by not reaching her seeded position in the semi-finals of the Mixed Doubles with her brother Ciaran in the Victor Croatian International in Zagreb, she was able to return home with some degree of satisfaction after coming within just a couple of points of knocking out the top seeds in the women’s doubles with her Welsh partner Jordan Hart.

Having had to battle their way back after dropping their opening set in their first round clash with Sofie Vestergaard and Amalie Vestmar (Denmark) 21-17, they booked their place in the quarter-finals by winning the next two sets 21-17 21-10.

The Chambers/Hart pair snatched the opening set 22-20 from the top seeded pair from Denmark Amanda Madsen and Isabella Nielson and an upset seemed to be on the cards.

However, after having taken so much out of themselves, the top seeds levelled by taking the second 21-8.

Sinead played a significant role in the deciding set as they sought to regain the level of consistency which had brought them to a one-set advantage and in the early stages of the third, they were putting a great deal of pressure on their opponents.

Sadly though, the victory was to swing in favour of the Danish pair and they were to snatch the victory 21-19.

Earlier Sinead and brother Ciaran were unable to proceed as far as their seeded number four position promised when they exited the mixed doubles at the hands of the unseeded Mathias Lund-Hansen and Cecilie Finne-Ipsen.

It all could however have been so different too for the Ulster pair as they took the game to the pair from Denmark only to have the opening set snatched from their grasp agonisingly 29-27 before losing the second 21-14.