Gilmour rolls on into Scottish Open quarter-finals

As the temperature dropped in Glasgow, Kirsty Gilmour praised the snowball effect that’s seeing her build momentum at the Scottish Open Grand Prix.


The Commonwealth Games silver medallist beat England’s Chloe Birch 21-15 21-13 in a comfortable lunchtime victory on Friday.


Gilmour will face fifth seed Natalia Koch Rohde in the quarter-finals tonight, after the Dane prevailed over Wales’ Jordan Hart 21-16 21-13 in the second round.


“I knew it was going to be a tough battle against Chloe,” said Gilmour. “We had quite a close two sets the last time we played but I really looked to learn from that and use it all on court - I think I executed the plan that I set out with.


“I had a few little blips in the middle but overall I’m really happy with how that went.


“I think it’s just like a snowball effect, you get one game under your belt and then you can comfortably get through those first-match nerves and start to build some momentum.


“I learnt from some things that happened yesterday and tried to improve on them today, it was quite a step up from yesterday.


“I haven’t played two competitive matches in a day since April so it’s going to be a bit of a change, but it’s a nice challenge and more like a training day so I’ll try and treat it like that.”


Earlier in the day, Scottish duo Adam Hall and Ciara Torrance came close to an upset in their 21-16 18-21 21-18 defeat to seventh seeds Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen.


The Scots had beaten compatriots Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson in the first round to reach this stage and brought the deciding game back to 19-18 before conceding the final two points in a close-run affair.


Glaswegian mixed doubles partnership Ciar and Caitlin Pringle also failed to make the quarter-final stages after they went down to sixth seeds Jacco Arends and Selena Piek 21-15 21-8.


The young siblings had comfortably beaten English duo Alex Cook and Zoe King on Thursday but the experienced Dutch pairing were simply too good in the second-round match.


In the women’s doubles Scotland’s Julie Macpherson and Eleanor O’Donnell were also up against strong opposition, losing out to third seeds Chloe Birch and Jess Pugh 21-17 21-11.


And there was a huge shock in the men’s doubles as top-seeded Englishmen Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge crashed out, going down 21-19 17-21 21-19 to French duo Bastian Kersaudy and Julien Maio.