January

Muir out of qualifying of Iceland International singles

Laura Muir’s Iceland International singles campaign ended at the first hurdle in Reykjavik as the Scot went down in a titanic tussle with home shuttler Katrin Vala Einarsdottir.

The Scot, playing in the first round of qualifying, lost out in three tight games with the match lasting 52 minutes.

Einasdottir, aged just 15, took to her home court and made an immediate impact, winning the opening game 21-14.

But 37-year-old Muir hit back in the second, using all her experience to take the game 21-19 and force the match into a decider.

It was nip and tuck for the duration of the final game but after being tied at 21-apiece it was the home player who won the vital next two points to seal victory 23-21.

Friday sees the main draws begin with Muir back in action in the mixed doubles, playing alongside Iceland’s Eidur Isak Broddason as they take on Spain’s Javier Suarez and Elena Fernandez in the first round.

In the men’s doubles there are Scottish pairs seeded one and two, with top seeds Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall beginning against England’s William Jones and James Penver.

Second seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh face home favourites Thordur Skulason and Bjarni Thor Sverrisson in their first match.

Lastly, despite being second seeds Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell start the women’s doubles as leading contenders after top seeds Kristin Kuuba and Helina Ruutel withdrew from the event.

The Scots have received a bye into the second round so will have to wait until tomorrow to find out who they face.

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