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Kirsty GilmourKIRSTY GILMOUR'S rise into the world's top 50 has earned her top seeding in the women's singles qualifying rounds at the Victor Korea Open in Seoul next week.

The Yonex Scottish National singles champion makes her debut on the OSIM BWF World Superseries circuit following 2012 victories at the Swiss, Czech and Polish Internationals.

That helped her climb to her current, career-best world No. 47 and she is sure to go higher as she competes against higher-quality opposition on the Superseries circuit.

The Bothwell 19-year-old has a first-round bye and will face the winner of the qualifying contest between Korea's Jang Mi Lee and Bulgaria's Dimitria Popstoikova.

If she reaches the main draw Gilmour will face one of the world's best in China's fifth seed Wang Shixian, who is the defending champion.

Gilmour is also in women's doubles action in Seoul where she and Edinburgh's Jillie Cooper take on Korean fourth seeds Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na in the first round.

Cooper will also partner Robert Blair in the mixed doubles where they face a tough test against Thailand's experienced fifth seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thounghthongkam.

Edinburgh's Blair will tackle the men's doubles with Malaysian Tan Bin Shen and the Bulgarian and Turkey International winners have won direct entry in the main draw as top qualifying seeds and will face Korean sixth seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae in the first round.

Longniddry's Paul Van Rietvelde partners England's Marcus Ellis and they are in the main draw, where they take on Japan's eighth seeds Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata in the first round.

The Victor Korean Open, the first of the five 2013 Premier Superseries events, runs from January 8-13 before the action switches to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open Superseries tournament from January 15-20.

 

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