Kirsty Gilmour will arrive at her home Scottish Open Grand Prix as the title favourite after the seedings for next month’s competition were confirmed today.
She is one of two of Scottish stars seeded for the event, along with Kieran Merrilees who is No. 11 seed in men’s singles.
Gilmour missed last year’s event due to injury but will be looking forward to her return to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, the scene of her impressive display in the TOTAL BWF World Championships that saw her reach the last eight, coming within a whisker of claiming a bronze medal.
Spain's Beatriz Corrales is second seed while Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt and Bulgarian Linda Zetchiri round off the top four for the third oldest badminton Championships in the world.
But Gilmour will not be the only familiar top seed in Glasgow, with current European champion and double Scottish Open victor Rajiv Ouseph leading the way in the men’s singles when the tournament gets underway on November 22.
The Englishman, who lifted the title in both 2008 and 2011, is now bidding to become the first man to win the competition three times since Denmark's Morten Frost completed the hat-trick in 1984.
Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees, fresh from his World Championship showdown with Lin Dan, is positioned 11th, just ahead of England’s Toby Penty.
The English flag could also be flying high in the men’s doubles as Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis look to back up their top-seed status on the Glasgow courts.
The pair were semi-finalists in this competition in 2015, while Ellis has already been a two-time champion across the men’s and mixed doubles events, the most recent of those with Gabby Adcock in 2012.
The women’s doubles will see Olga Morozova and Anastasia Chervyakova looking to fly high, with the Russians keen to follow up their European bronze medal earlier this year.
They’ll have a lot of competition for the top spot of the podium however, with England’s Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker – the pair who joined them in taking third in the Europeans back in April - seeded immediately behind them.
Finally, the mixed doubles will see Irish siblings top the tree should the seedings ring true as Sam and Chloe Magee prepare to do battle together on the court.
England’s Ben Lane and Jess Pugh sit third in the provisional standings, while 2015 Scottish Open runner-up Ronan Labar will hope for a triumphant return to the Emirates Arena, this time with fellow second seed Audrey Fontaine.
A total of 316 players from 37 nations have entered this year’s Scottish Open Grand Prix and BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “We are delighted with the size and quality of the entry but I am especially pleased that Kirsty is top seed in the singles.
“She has worked incredibly hard to battle back from the injury that kept her out of last year’s Scottish Open and that has been rewarded by her successes in the last few months, particularly her outstanding performance at the World Championships.
“It is also very pleasing to see Kieran Merrilees has been seeded in men’s singles. He was drawn against Lin Dan in the opening round of the World Championships – hopefully he will have an easier first round match at the Scottish Open!”
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 now – go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk for details
Full seeding lists are available on the BWF website calendar of events