March

Scots in action in Germany and Portugal

Scottish players are in action across Europe this week with entrants at the German Open, Portuguese International and German Junior.

Kirsty Gilmour will fly the flag solo for Scotland at the German Open, where she is seeded eighth and faces Denmark’s Natalia Koch Rohde in the first round of the women’s singles.

The pair have faced off across the net three times previously, with the Scot victorious every time.

Their last meeting came at last year’s Scottish Open Grand Prix, with top-seeded Gilmour taking out the fifth seed in three games on her way to winning the title.

The Scot also prevailed when they met at the same event in 2015 and won their first encounter when they played at that year’s Bitburger Open.

Should Gilmour triumph in the first round she will face one of Chiang Mei Hui or Evgeniya Kosetskaya, with China’s Chen Yufei her seeded potential opponent for the quarter-finals.

And run to the semi-finals could see her face Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, while Japanese top seed Akane Yamaguchi could await in the final.

Across the continent in Portugal, Scots occupy many of the seeded spots at the Portuguese International with Iceland International champions Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell the top picks in the women’s doubles.

They begin their campaign on Friday with a first-round bye before a second-round clash against either England’s Paige Butler and Gemma Whiting, or France’s Lorraine Baumann and Vimala Heriau.

The men’s doubles also sees high seeded Scots, with Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh, who recently made the final of the Swedish Open, also receiving a first-round bye.

The second seeds will play either a qualifying pair or Bulgaria’s Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev in the next round, with a potential final against Belgian top seeds Matijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski on the cards.

In the men’s singles Kieran Merrilees is seeded fourth and will play a qualifier in the first round before a potential clash against Sweden’s Felix Burestedt or Mexico’s Job Castillo.

His quarter of the draw also sees eighth seed Duarte Nuno Anjo, who will receive the backing of the home crowd should they meet in the quarter-finals.

England’s Sam Parsons would be his seeded potential opponent should he make the semi-finals, with Denmark’s Victor Svendsen the top-ranked player in Portugal.

Ciara Torrance is the final scot in Portuguese action, with the 18-year-old partnering England’s Jessica Hopton in the women’s doubles.

The unseeded pair have received a first-round bye that will be followed by a clash with either a qualifier, or the Swedish pair of Klara Johansson and Moa Sjoo.

Back in Germany and six more Scots will take to the courts in Berlin, with the Grimley brothers seeded first in the German Junior men’s doubles.

They receive a first round bye, as do fellow Scots Joshua Apiliga and Adam Pringle, while three of the quartet are also competing in the men’s singles.

Apiliga will take on Germany’s Matti-Lukka Bahro in his first-round match, while Christopher Grimley plays another German in Matthias Kicklitz.

Pringle faces Russian opponent Mikhail Lavrikov while Scotland’s sole women’s singles player, Jennifer Lafferty, plays Russian 15th seed Anastasiia Pustinskaia.

In the women’s doubles Lafferty and Rachel Andrew take on the Polish-Slovakian pairing of Szubert Karolina and Mia Tarcalova.

While the mixed event sees Scotland take on Poland with Pringle and Andrew up against 13th seeds Wiktor Trecki and Zuzanna Parysz, with Apiliga and Lafferty pitted against Patryk Kordek and Szubert Karolina.