Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour avenged their Yonex Welsh International semi-final defeat as they swept into the main draw at the Carlton Irish Open in Dublin today.
The Scotland pair, who began their women’s doubles partnership in Cardiff, started their Irish challenge with a 21-14 21-14 win over Latvia’s Monika Radovska and Kristine Sefere in the first qualifying round.
That earned them a rematch with Tang He Tian and Renuga Veeran, the Australian pair who beat them on the way to the Welsh title on Saturday.
In the second qualifying round Bankier and Gilmour, who have been brought together as potential medal hopes at the Commonwealth Games next summer, took their revenge with a 21-14 21-18 victory, dictating the opening game and then asserting themselves late on in a close second game. They finished the contest with a three-point burst from 18-18 after trailing 12-9.