Kieran Merrilees' bold bid for a place in the semi-finals of the men's singles at the Yonex Dutch Open in Almere ended in disappointment this afternoon. The Scotland No. 1 from Glasgow fell to seventh seed Dmytro Zavadsky 22-20 21-15 in a 46-minute contest.
It all looked so promising for the 24-year-old Scot when he raced into a 5-0 lead at the start of the match. He was still in charge at 14-10 but the Ukraine star recovered from 15-14 down to lead 19-16. Merrilees produced his own recovery to draw level at 20-20 by saving four game points but Zavadsky took the next two points to clinch the game.
Zavadsky led 4-1 in the second before 16th seed Merrilees drew level at 4-4. There was never more than a point between them up to 8-8 but then Zavadsky applied the pressure and moved steadily away.
Merrilees will now return home to regroup before tackling the Swiss International in Yverdon-les-Bains from October 17-20 as he prepares for the Scottish Open Grand Prix (November 20-24) at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
Scotland still have one contender left in the tournament in Almere. Former world mixed doubles silver medallist Imogen Bankier and Bulgaria's Petya Nedelcheva play their women's doubles quarter-final against China's Bao Yixin and Tang Jianhua in the last match tonight.
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