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Kieran Merrilees Euro 2012Kieran Merrilees produced a brilliant performance to reach today's quarter-finals at the Yonex Dutch Open in Almere.

The Scottish No. 1 and 16th seed knocked out Malaysian No. 2 seed Chun Seang Tan 21-18 21-18.And that earned the Glasgow 24 -year-old a last-eight clash with seventh seed Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine.

Merrilees pulled away from 10-10 in the first to lead 19-15 then held his nerve when the Malaysian recovered to within a point of drawing level and the Scot took the opener on his first game point.

In the second game Merrilees survived another scare when his oponent recovered from 19-11 down to close up to 19-18 but again the Scot kept his cool to complete the win. Merrilees has met Zavadsky twice back in 2010 with each of them winning a three-game contest.

Scotland's Imogen Bankier and Bulgaria's Petya Nedelcheva are through to the quarter-finals of the women's doubles after the fourth seeds followed up a first-round bye with a battling three-game win over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk and Busana Ongbumrungpan of Thailand. Bankier and Nedelcheva squeezed through 17-21 21-15 21-19.

Bankier and Nedelcheva, who yesterday went up four place to No 37 in the world after wins at the Czech, Belgian and Kharkov Internationals this season, now meet China's Bao Yixin and Tang Jianhua in the quarter-finals.

Scotland's top women's singles player Kirsty Gilmour, who is sitting out the Dutch event, also went up four places in the world rankings after reaching Sunday's final of the London Grand Prix and is now at a career-best No. 30 in the countdown to the Scottish Open Grand Prix at Glasgow's Emirates Arena from November 20-24.

Meanwhile Scotland's next generation of players are tackling the Irish Futures series this weekend in Dublin.

Josh Neil and Ben Torrance battled through yesterday’s qualifying to reach the main draw of the men’s singles which gets underway today. Neil will face Jonathan Dolan of Ireland and Torrance meets Joonas Korhonen of Finland.

Viktoria Tsvetanova also won her qualifying matches to join Emma Cook and Rebekka Findlay in the main draw of the women’s singles and all three players are in action later today. Neil partners Torrance in the doubles while Findlay and Caitlin Pringle lead the women's challenge alongside Cook and Tsvetanova.In the mixed the pairings are Adam Hall and Findlay, and Steven Stewart and Tsvetanova.

To follow today's results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com

 

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