Gilmour off to a good start in Poland

KIRSTY GILMOUR got her Yonex Polish Open 2017 challenge off to a confident start with a 21-12 21-10 victory over Agnes Korosi of Hungary in Warsaw today.

Second seed Gilmour, eager to make up for her early exit in last week's Swiss Open in Basel, will take on Indonesia's Ruselli Hartawan tonight in the last 16.

It is the first time they have met but Gilmour is 19 places higher at No. 50 in the latest world rankings and is keen to get back into the world's top 20 as she prepares for next month's European Championships in Denmark when she will aiming to go one better than her silver medal in France last year.

Gilmour dominated against Korosi from 4-4 in the opening game and then took charge of the second game with a 10-point surge from 6-5 down to lead  15-6 before clinching the contest on her third match point after 25 minutes.

Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O'Donnell got their women's doubles challenge off to a good start.

The new Yonex Scottish National women's doubles champions joined team-mates Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle in tonight's last 16 with a 21-17 21-16 victory over Wiktoria Dabczynska and Alexsandra Goszczynska of Poland but will now face a tougher test against third seeds Sanjana Sansosh and Arathi Sara Sunil of India tonight.

MacPherson and O'Donnelll were never headed in either game, winning the contest with a three-point flourish.

Findlay and Pringle, who had a first-round bye, will face Ukraine pair Vladyslava Lesnaya and Darya Samarchants.

In the men's doubles Adam Hall and Alex Dunn also received a first-round bye and now wait to see who they will face tonight.

But there was disappointment for Ben Torrance, who fell in the first round of the men's singles after battling through three rounds of qualifying yesterday.

Torrance lost 21-14 21-14 against 2014 English National champion Sam Parsons. He was Scotland's only entry following top seed Kieran Merrilees' withdrawal through injury.