With just six weeks to go before the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 comes to Glasgow, Kirsty Gilmour starts the final countdown by tackling this week’s Yonex Canada Open in Calgary followed by next week’s Yonex US Open in Anaheim.
But Gilmour has a tough start in Calgary, where she faces Korea’s seventh seed Jang Mi Lee in the first round.
Jang won their only previous meeting in three games but that was four years ago in the qualifying rounds at the Victor Korean Open.
Kieran Merrilees is in men’s singles action in Calgary and starts with a first-round contest against Brazil’s Fabricio Farias. The winner is likely to meet second seed and world No. 23 H. S. Prannoy of India in the second round.
Scotland’s top two men’s doubles pairs will also be in action in Calgary. Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh will take on Trinidad’s Nicholas Bonkowsky and American Matthew Fogerty in the first round while Adam Hall and Alex Dunn meet Japan’s second seeds and World No 22 pair Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko.
Dunn is also playing mixed doubles in partnership with Eleanor O’Donnell and they must come through two rounds of qualifying to make the main draw, starting with a contest against Canada’ Adrian Liu and Kristen Tsai.
O’Donnell is also competing in the women’s doubles with Julie MacPherson and they face Chisato Hoshi and Nanu Shinoya in the first round. The young Scots will be keen to make up for their defeat by the Japanese pair at the Portuguese International in March.
The Yonex Canada Open runs from tomorrow until Sunday, followed by the Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold, which starts on Wednesday week.