November

Gilmour overcomes French resistance to reach second round

Kirsty Gilmour began her bid for Scottish Open Grand Prix glory ‘ready for a scrap’ and that was certainly what she got from France’s Delphine Lansac.

Lansac pulled ahead early in the first game, but the Scottish top seed soon reined her in to win 21-16 21-9.

Two-time Scottish Open runner-up Gilmour turned on the style in the second game, scoring seven consecutive points to earn a second-round spot.

And the 24-year-old was glad to have secured another victory on home soil against such a challenging opponent.

“It’s always so good to get the first game under your belt, get some rhythm and feel the hall,” she said.

“Delphine always puts up a good fight, I was so ready for a scrap there but I think I sussed her out in the first and that led to more momentum in the second.

“I wanted to just keep it close and not panic, Delphine’s a player who will go up and hit some great shots.

“You just have to be ready and willing to accept that, you can’t get annoyed at yourself if your opponent hits good shots.

“I’m just really happy I managed to soak it all up, it was a really good atmosphere today and that’s going to build throughout the week.

“I’ll just fly the flag for Scotland as I always do, any time I put a Scotland top on I just love it. I love to play badminton, it’s pretty cool that this is my job.”

Earlier in the day, Scottish duo Alexander Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell were up against top-seeded Irish siblings Sam and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles.

The Irish pairing triumphed 21-15 21-14 but the match was the first time that Dunn and O’Donnell had teamed up since claiming a silver at April’s European Junior Championships in Denmark.

And it was an all-Scottish affair on court one as Adam Hall and Ciara Torrance defeated Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson 21-6 21-18.

After coming through qualifying yesterday, Ciar and Caitlin Pringle joined their compatriots in the last 16 with a swift 21-15 21-15 victory over Alexander Cook and Zoe King.

Elsewhere in the mixed doubles sixth seeds Jacco Arends and Selena Piek of the Netherlands avoided an upset as they edged past Sweden’s Richard Eidestedt and Clara Nistad 21-14 17-21 21-19.

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 at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk or at the Emirates Arena box office.