Disappointment for Scots pair in Badminton Grand Prix

Martin Campbell. Pictured below is Imogen Bankier
Martin Campbell. Pictured below is Imogen Bankier
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Edinburgh’s Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh from Kinross suffered a disappointing first-round loss in the men’s badminton doubles at the Scottish Open Grand Prix in Glasgow.

Ranked No. 81 in the world and needing to make the top 50 by early next year to qualify for the Commonwealth Games at the Emirates Arena in eight months’ time, the pair took the opening game 2-16 against France’s Bastian Kersaudy and Gaetan Mittelheiser but then lost the next two 13-21, 16-21.

In the mixed doubles, 2007 champions Imogen Bankier, from Glasgow, and Edinburgh-born Robert Blair made it into the final 16 with a 21-13, 17-21, 21-9 victory over France’s Baptiste Careme and Anne Tran.

Two Scots – Kirsty Gilmour and Kieran Merrilees – made it into the last 16 in singles. Gilmour was delighted with her opening 21-10, 21-8 victory over the Czech Republic’s Zuzana Pavelkova. The No. 2 seed cruised through in just 27 minutes.

Merrilees, the No. 14 seed, had a harder time against England’s Sam Phillips. The Scottish Champion eventually won 22-20, 21-14.

His next match is against Malaysia’s Kwong Beng Chan and he said: “That’s going to be a really tough one but I think I will actually perform better against better players.”