April

Gilmour and Merrilees seeded at Commonwealth Games

Kirsty Gilmour goes into her third Commonwealth Games as fourth seed as the Scot aims to go one better than her silver medal from Glasgow 2014.

The 24-year-old is the fourth highest ranked player in the women’s singles draw on Australia’s Gold Coast, with the favourites similar to those in Glasgow.

Four years ago India’s Saina Nehwal was due to be the top seed, but withdrew before the event began, leaving PV Sindhu to take her spot as Games favourite.

Gilmour was second seed with Canada’s Michelle Li third, and it is this quartet that occupy the top spots in Australia, with Sindhu the top ranked once again, leaving Nehwal second, Li third and Gilmour fourth.

The Scot lost out to Li in the final last time out and the pair will once again occupy different halves of the draw this year, meaning they will not meet each other until the medal matches.

Although Gilmour is satisfied with her seeding she is taking nothing for granted, saying: "I'm really happy to be seeded in the top four and it puts me in a strong position going into the event.

"Saying that, nothing is guaranteed and I'm well aware of the strength of the tournament. There is a lot of work ahead."

In the men’s singles event Kieran Merrilees, who reached the quarter-finals in Glasgow where he lost out to England’s Rajiv Ouseph, is the seventh seed.

India's Srikanth Kidambi is top seed in Australia, ahead of Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

H.S. Prannoy makes it two Indians in the top three seeds with Ouseph fourth and Canada’s Jason Ho-Shue fifth.

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles, Iceland International champions Adam Hall and Alex Dunn will be hoping to bring their fine 2018 form to the court of the Gold Coast as they look to disrupt the top four seeds.

Malaysian powerhouses Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong top the seedings, with India’s Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and Satwik Rankireddy second on the list.

English pairing Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis are third, with Canada’s Nyl Yakura and Ho-Shue fourth – narrowly ahead of Hall and Dunn and fellow Scots Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh.

Fellow Iceland International champions Eleanor O’Donnell and Julie MacPherson are also just behind the top four seeds in the women’s doubles, with home pairing Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa top of the pile ahead of two English pairs in third and fourth.

The mixed doubles sees both Scottish pairings in the top 16 as Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai take top spot in the Gold Coast seedings, with Dunn and O’Donnell the highest-ranked Scots just ahead of MacPherson and Campbell.

The badminton competition is being held from 5-15 April at the Carrara Sports Arena.

The team event will be played from 5-9 April with the individual events getting underway on April 10.