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Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmour Open 2012Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour had two reasons to celebrate yesterday at the Yonex Denmark Open in Odense.

First the world No. 30 from Bothwell won her opening women’s singles 21-18 15-21 21-10 against Sandra-Maria Jensen of Denmark after a three-game battle.

Then the 20-year-old teamed up with Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper to overcome Germany’s Isabel Herttrich and Carla Nelte in another three-game tussle.

The Scottish pair came from behind to win 11-21 21-16 21-13 to earn a clash with China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Jianhua, the Chinese pair who defeated Imogen Bankier and Petya Nedelcheva on the way to the Yonex Dutch Open title last weekend. The Chinese pair knocked out No.8 seeds Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii 19-21 21-18 21-18 in the first round in Denmark.

In the singles Gilmour faces an exciting chance to test herself against fourth seed Saina Nehwal. The Indian star is the Commonwealth champion and will be a strong favourite to retain her title at Glasgow 2014 next summer. Gilmour can only benefit from facing her now as an early indicator of what she needs to do to be a metal contender at the Games.

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