Merrilees pushes Vittinghus all the way in Holland

Kieran Merrilees pushed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus all the way in their last-sixteen clash at the Yonex Dutch Open yesterday.

Scotland’s number one lost the first game 21-9 but bounced back from in style, taking the second game 21-16. But Vittinghus then reasserted his authority and from 4-4 in the third game he didn’t look back, taking victory 21-14 on his second game point.

Merrilees had got off to a good start in Almere, beating India’s Karan Rajan Rajarajan  21-11 21-14 in the first round and following that win up with another straightforward 21-13 21-14 win over German Lars Schaenzler.

But former Scottish Open champion Vittinghus proved to be a step too far for Scotland’s top men’s singles player, who will now turn his attention to the Yonex French Open from 24 October and the Bitburger Open from 2 November as he continues his preparation for the Scottish Open Grand Prix, to be held in Glasgow from 22-26 November.

It was a less successful event for Scotland’s doubles players. Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh lost a close match with German pair Nikolaj Persson and Ari Trisnanto, going out to a 21-19 21-19 defeat.

Alex Dunn and Adam Hall were trailing 21-9 8-6 to England’s Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden when they were forced to retire due to a back injury to Dunn.

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