Scotland's doubles pairs join Gilmour in Austria second round

Scotland’s two doubles pairs have joined Kirsty Gilmour in the second round of the Austrian Open in Vienna.

Fourth seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh, the Yonex Scottish National champions, eased through their opening contest last night, beating Polish qualifiers Aleksandr Jablonski and Pawel Smilowski 21-7 21-14. Today they face Denmark’s Alexander Bond and Nikolaj Overgaard in the last 16.

In the women’s doubles Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle, who are also No. 4 seeds, came through their opening test with a 21-18 21-17 win over Irina Andersen and Julie Jakobsen of Denmark. That earned Findlay and Pringle a last 16 contest with Chinese qualifiers Xu Wei and Yang Manlin.

But there was disappointment in the men’s singles with fourth seed Kieran Merrilees and Matthew Carder both falling.

Merrilees went down 10-21 21-19 21-18 against India’s Subhankar Dey after leading by a game and 16-13 while Carder fell to Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia 21-17 21-12.

Sixth seed Gilmour is the first Scot into action today when she looks to build on her opening 21-14 21-17 victory over Denmark’s Sofie Dahl by taking on Jakobsen.

The quarter-finals are later this afternoon.