Kirsty Gilmour is through to the last 16 of the women’s singles at the London Grand Prix after a straight-game victory over Austrian Simon Prutsch today.
Gilmour, who retained her Yonex Czech International title at the weekend, will now face the winner of this afternoon’s contest between Hui Xirui of China and Maria Febe Kusukastuti of Indonesia.
The 20-year-old from Bothwell, who is the No. 5 seed, was always in control in this morning’s match at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and ran out a 21-11 21-14 winner.
She said: “Yes the match was really good. It was a good start. It’s nice to have the fans behind you and it’s really good to be in the arena.
“It’s my first time in the Copper Box. The arena is awesome. It’s really good to play in. There’s a decent crowd in and there’s a really good atmosphere in the hall.”
Glasgow’s Kieran Merrilees had threatened to take out a seed after yesterday’s opening win over England’s Ben Muir. And for a time he looked like living up to his promise when he took the first game in confident fashion against 2006 Scottish Open champion Ville Lang.
He took the first game 21-10 but he let Lang back in to take the second game 21-19 despite recovering from 14-7 down to draw level at 19-19.
But the Finnish seventh seed took the next two points to level the match and finally clinched the 61-minute contest by taking the decider 21-14.
Merrilees said: “I think my opponent played better to be fair. I know he can be world class if he wants, so it’s a hard game to prepare for because I don’t really know what he’s going to do.
“Some days, if he wants, he can be top 60 in the world, but other day’s he doesn’t want to play. I think because I won the first game so comfortably, maybe both of us didn’t get a feel for the hall, but once he got his length it was quite difficult for me.”
Gilmour is also in action in the women’s doubles where she and Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper start with a bye as they look to build on their runners-up spot in Brno.
Tomorrow they face a tough second-round match with second seeds Johanna Goliszewski and Birgit Michels of Germany. It is the first time the pairs have met.
Longniddry’s Paul Van Rietvelde and England’s Marcus Ellis also have a first-round bye in the men’s doubles before meeting Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer and Josche Zurwonne tomorrow in another first-time meeting.
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