Scottish Pair Land Mixed Doubles Gold


Scotland’s Colin Fleming and Joss Rae have won Commonwealth gold in the tennis mixed doubles beating the top seeds Paul Hanley and Anastasia Rodionova in the final.

The Scots shared the first two sets with the Aussies, both going to a tie break.  However they had the Australians on the back foot in the deciding set and took control winning 7-6 6-7 6-2.

Flemming and Rae looked down and out in the first set as the Australians raced into 4-0 lead.  But the Scots recovered and fought back brilliantly to win a tie break 9-7.  The second set also went to a tie breaker and Hanley and Rodionova took it 7-2 to level the match.

It was all set for the decider and the Scots started the strongest, breaking their opponents serve at the first opportunity to take a 2-0 lead.  Games went with serve and at 4-2 the Australians had an opportunity to break back.  However Rae held her nerve and saw the game out bringing the Scots to within one game of victory.

Victory was secured when, at match point, Rae hit a clean winner from a Rodionova serve that flew down the line past a lunging Hanley.

The victory is the third gold medal for Scotland at the games.