Kirsty Gilmour produced a fine performance to reach the second round of the Yonex Canada Open in Calgary yesterday.
The Commonwealth Games and European silver medallist defeated Korean seventh seed Jang Mi Lee 21-19 21-10 to earn a second-round clash today with Canada’s Rachel Honderich.
Gilmour trailed in the first game until a four-point surge took her from 9-7 down to 11-7 ahead and although the Korean pulled back to level at 16-16 a second four-point burst gave her game point and she took the opener at her fourth opportunity.
But it was a different story in the second game as Gilmour took control from 2-2 and eased away to lead 14-10 before finishing the contest with a seven-point charge to victory.
Kieran Merrilees’ hopes of joining Gilmour in third-day action were dashed when he fell to Indian second seed H. S. Prannoy in the men's singles second round.
Merrilees lost a tough tussle 21-17 16-21 21-15 in one of the day's longest matches at 68 minutes.
In the men’s doubles Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh had a comfortable start, beating Nicholas Bonkowsky of Trinidad and Matthew Fogarty of USA 21-6 21-6. They now face a tougher test against Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling, who knocked out the Japanese sixth seeds.
It will be the first time Campbell and MacHugh have faced the Dutchmen, who are ranked just three places higher at No. 54 in the world.
But Alex Dunn and Adam Hall couldn’t join their team-mates in the second round. They fell to Japanese second seeds Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko but put up a good showing before going out 21-15 21-17.
Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell also bowed out in the women’s doubles, beaten 21-16 14-21 21-12 by Japan’s Chisato Hoshi and Naru Shinoya.
O’Donnell also missed out in another three-game test in the mixed doubles when she and Dunn lost to Canadian pair Toby Ng and Honderich 15-21 21-18 21-15.
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