Kieran Merrilees is through to the second round of the Bitburger Open, being held in Saarbrucken this week.
Scotland’s best men’s singles player took full advantage of the withdrawal of Dane Anders Antonsen, the top seed at Bitburger and last year’s Scottish Open champion, by beating Christopher Skrzeba after the German was promoted from qualifying to replace Antonsen.
Merrilees won 21-18 21-12 and will face Rasmus Gemke in the second round later today, but there was a shock defeat for Kirsty Gilmour in the women’s singles when she went down 21-15 21-15 to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia Hsin.
Gilmour will now turn her attention to preparations for the Scottish Open Grand Prix at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 22-26 November, where she is top seed in the women’s singles.
Later this afternoon Adam Hall will have a chance for revenge over Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard, the Danish duo who beat Hall and Peter Mills in the final of last year’s Scottish Open.
Hall and Alex Dunn are scheduled to face the fifth seeds at 12.20 local time with compatriots Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh due to play German pair Jones Jansen and Josche Zurwonne on the same court later in the afternoon.
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