November

MacPherson and O'Donnell storm through to the second round

Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell came out on top in a thrilling three-game encounter with Amanda Hogstrom and Clara Nistad to advance to the women’s doubles second round.

The Scots trailed for much of the first game and lost the second, but opened up a gap in the third to win 21-18 16-21 21-13.

MacPherson and O’Donnell were swamped with high-fives and hugs as they left the court and the former hopes to put in her best Grand Prix performance yet.

“We knew it was going to be hard going into it, they’re a new pair but they were really strong with their old partners so we knew it was going to be tough,” she said.

“It feels really good, we got to the second round last year but we didn’t know what to expect so we’re really happy to get through.

“I’ve reached the second round for the last two years, but I’ve never reached the quarter-finals so it would feel like a huge progression, especially in a Grand Prix.”

Fellow Scots Alex Dunn and Adam Hall put on an incredible show at the end of the day as they threatened to topple fourth seeds Frederik Colberg and Rasmus Fladberg in the men's doubles.

But the Danes battled back and after losing the first game, they triumphed with a 17-21 21-15 21-17 win.

Men’s doubles top seeds Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge took no more than 20 minutes to make it through the first round.

The Olympic bronze medallists scored 12 points without reply in the second game to wrap up a 21-5 21-4 victory over Nikhar Garg and Aniruddha Mayekar.

The English pair had not played together since the Dutch Open over a month ago and Ellis was grateful to return with such ease.

“We’re always relieved to get the first round out of the way because there’s sometimes some nerves there but we settled down really quickly and I think there was a bit of a difference in the levels,” he said.

“It has been a little while since Chris and I have played a tournament together because we’ve had injuries and it’s been a month or two since we’ve competed, so it was nice to get a good performance and some confidence today.

“We’re seeded top so we want to win the tournament, we felt a bit rusty coming in because we’re out of match practice but there’s no-one here that we know we can’t beat.”

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh, Lauren Middleton and Sarah Sidebottom and Danny Leinster and Steven Stewart were all in action too but were unable to make it past their first-round opponents.

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.