The second day of the Bitburger Open, in the Black Forest town of Saarbrucken, proved to be a difficult day for the Scots competing there.
In one of the first games on court, fifth seed in women’s singles, Kirsty Gilmour, went down 21-15 21-15 to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia Hsin.
Next up for the Scots was an exciting encounter between promising pair Alex Dunn and Adam Hall against the double Scottish Open Grand Prix winning Danish pair Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard (2014 & 2016). At last year’s Scottish Open it was Christiansen and Daugaard who defeated Adam and his partner Peter Mills to claim the men’s doubles title. Adam and Alex tested their more experienced rivals on this occasion, claiming a 3-point victory in the second game, but ultimately suffering defeat at the hands of Christiansen and Daugaard who won 21-14 18-21 21-15.
Martin Campbell and Patrick Machugh played out an equally enthralling match against German opposition in the form of Jones Ralfy Jansen and Josche Zurwonne. The Scottish duo took a commanding lead in the first game and refused to relinquish it on their way to a 21-10 win. However, the second and third games both went the way of the German pair who recovered from their loss in the first to take the match overall 10-21 21-11 21-11.
The last Scot in action was Kieran Merrilees in the men’s singles. His reward for a first-round victory the previous day was to take on the experienced Danish shuttler, Rasmus Gemke. In a match lasting almost an hour, they fought back and forth winning a game each by the same point margin in the first and second. Unfortunately for Scottish fans, it was Gemke who came out on top in a battling third set to win the match 12-21 21-12 21-18.
Full results available on Tournament Software.