November

Coelho safely through as Merrilees bows out of Scottish Open Grand Prix

Ygor Coelho is looking to end his season on a high with victory at the Scottish Open Grand Prix after reaching the second round in style.

The reigning Pan-American champion showed all the dominance expected of the highest seed left in the men’s singles draw as he defeated Matt Carder 21-17, 21-11.

The Scot put up impressive resistance in the first game, saving one game point to keep himself in contention.

But it was the Brazilian who emerged victorious and Coelho hopes to use success in Glasgow to help him achieve his best season yet next year.

“This tournament is really important and I like this hall, I played here in the World Championships a few months ago,” he said.

“It’s a Grand Prix so it’s a lot of points and it would be very good to get a medal.

“I knew playing against someone from Scotland would be hard from the beginning because he was playing at home.

“I’m really motivated because I really want to play in the Superseries, this is my last tournament this year so next year I would like to be one of the best in the world.”

Minutes before Coelho’s win, the Emirates Arena held its breath as it became evident that another home favourite, Kieran Merrilees, would not make it past Karan Rajan Rajarajan to the second round.

Merrilees had beaten the Indian prodigy when he faced the 21-year-old at the Dutch Open earlier in November, but this time was defeated 21-19, 21-15.

Ben Torrance, who made his international debut at the Scottish Open in 2010, threatened to turn around his encounter with Switzerland’s Christian Kirchmayr.

Also flying the flag for Scotland, Torrance bounced back to win the second game, but was eventually defeated 21-15, 20-22, 21-12.

The Grimley twins both enjoyed an impressive run in the morning’s qualification to reach the main draw, but Matt was halted there by former English national champion Sam Parsons.

Chris later fell to Ukraine’s Artem Pochtarov, but the pair will be in men’s doubles action on Thursday afternoon.

The shock of the day came late on as fourth seed Pablo Abian fell to Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen, ranked 243rd in the world.

The momentum continuously swung back and forth but the Irishman battled hard to claim his place in the second round, winning 21-19, 18-21, 21-19.

Malaysian qualifier Seng Zoe Yeoh caused another upset when he defeated India’s Sahil Sipani, ranked 353 places above him in the world.

And after an hour-long slog on court two, Hungarian International champion Victor Svendsen finally defeated Spain’s Luis Enrique Peñalver 27-29, 21-18, 21-17.

Results, draws and schedules are at www.tournamentsoftware.com

The Scottish Open Grand Prix is being staged at the Emirates Arena by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Tickets are on sale online or at the Emirates Arena box office.