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Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmour Open 2012KIRSTY GILMOUR aims to build on her superb performances at the Yonex French Open Superseries last week when she tackles the Bitburger Open in Saarbrucken today.

The 20-year-old third seed, who reached her first Superseries quarter-final in the women’s singles in Paris last week, starts with a contest against Simone Prutsch, the Austrian she beat on the way to the final of this month’s London Grand Prix Gold.

Her women’s doubles with Jillie Cooper is just as appealing for Gilmour as a first-round win over Austria’s Sarina Kohlfurst and Nathalie Ziesig will earn them a clash with England’s second seeds Kate Robertshaw and Heather Olver, who start with a bye. The Scots lost to Robertshaw and Olver in their only previous meeting, the Czech International final.

Glasgow’s Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier are also in action in the mixed doubles and the fifth seeds start against Jacco Arends and Selena Piek. They will be eager to make it third time lucky against the Dutch pair, who have won both previous meetings when Blair was forced to retire injured at this year’s US Open and Belgium Internationals.

Scottish National men’s singles champion Kieran Merrilees was the first squad member into action last night when he faced France’s Anthony Dumartheray in the first round.

He won 21-16 21-10 to earn a second-round clash today against top seed Marc Zwiebler of Germany.

 

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