Injury proves costly to Paul Van Rietvelde and Jillie Cooper

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Jillie Cooper berated herself and Paul Van Rietvelde rued his luck. Both were devastated after suffering a 13-21, 22-24 loss to Canada’s Adrian Liu and Michelle Li in the first round of mixed doubles at The Emirates Arena.

Longniddry’s Van Rietvelde had been dealt a body blow when he injured his right ankle just days before the start of the Games. “It’s badly bruised and I’ve strained ligaments,” he revealed.

“I wouldn’t have played if it had been any other tournament. But I’ve prepared for four years to play in front of a home crowd and I wasn’t going to miss it. I also knew Jillie was playing well so I had every confidence she could cover for me.”

In last week’s team event, the 22-year-old’s injury worsened so he was forced to sit out the quarter-final defeat by Malaysia, which ended Scotland’s medal hopes.

“No matter how bad it is, I’m going to play in the men’s doubles (with Longniddry’s Robert Blair) tomorrow,” he said.

In the men’s singles, Glasgow’s Kieran Merrilees cruised through to the second round with a 21-4, 21-3 victory over Richard Cribb (Norfolk Island).