SCOTLAND’S Kirsty Gilmour hits the title trail again this weekend when she tackles the Forza Denmark International in Frederikshaven.
Gilmour, the two-time Yonex Scottish National women’s singles champion who has already won three singles tournaments this season on the Badminton Europe circuit, is second seed and begins with a first-round clash against a qualifier. Her first big test should come in the quarter-finals where she is likely to meet seventh seed Olga Konon.
Gilmour reached the semi-finals in Denmark last season but has won the Swiss, Czech and Polish tournaments this season on her way to a career-best No. 35 in the world rankings, making her the highest-placed British women’s singles player.
Scotland’s other big hope is in the men’s doubles where Paul Van Rietvelde and England’s Marcus Ellis are top seeds. They start with a bye and wait for the winners of the first-round match between Magnus Sahlberg and Mattias Wigardt of Sweden or a pair from tomorrow’s qualifying as they bid to add to their Welsh title at the end of 2012.
In the men’s singles two-time Yonex Scottish National champion Kieran Merrilees faces a qualifier in the first round while Kyle Longmuir takes on Victor Svendsen of Sweden in the first of three possible qualifying matches that he will need to win to reach the main draw.
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