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Merrilees top seed in Polish Open 2017

Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees will be top seed in the men’s singles when the Polish Open 2017 starts on Thursday in Warsaw.

Merrilees faces a qualifier in the first round on Friday morning and can expect his first big test to come in the quarter-finals where he is seeded to meet England’s eighth seed Toby Penty.

Ben Torrance is aiming to join Merrilees in the main draw but he must come through three rounds of qualifying to do so. Torrance is third qualifying seed.

Kirsty Gilmour is bidding to put last week’s Swiss Open disappointment behind her when she tackles the women’s singles. The Commonwealth and European silver medallist is second seed and begins her challenge when she meet Hungary’s Agnes Korosi for the first time in Friday afternoon’s opening round of the women’s singles.

Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle are No. 4 seeds in the women’s doubles and start with a bye into the last 16 so they won’t be on court until Friday’s evening session.

Yonex Scottish National champions Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell are also in the main draw and could face Victoria Tsvetanova and Poland’s Malgorzata Janiaczyk in the first round should they win two qualifying rounds on Thursday.

Adam Hall begins life after Peter Mills when he partners Alex Dunn in the first round of the men’s doubles. Hall and Mills’ short but successful partnership – they reached the final of the Scottish Open Grand Prix in November – came to an end at the Yonex All England Championships following the loss of GB Badminton’s funding.

Hall and Dunn, the Scottish Nationals runners-up, start with a bye.