OPENING DAY: Scottish Open Grand Prix

THE qualifying for Scottish Open Grand Prix got underway on Wednesday at the Emirates Arena in the East end of Glasgow. 

Scots involved had a relatively successful morning and afternoon of qualifying with the Grimley brothers, Matthew and Christopher, winning their first doubles qualifier before losing narrowly to a Chinese paring. Christopher made the main draw of the men’s singles.

In the women’s singles, Holly Newall, 18, made the main draw by knocking out fellow Scot and old training partner Toni Woods in the first round and Paige Butler of England in the second.

Newall told us of her delight: “It feels pretty good. To go in, get the two wins and be in the main draw. I’m really struggling with a cold so I’m glad I’ve won that – it was closer than I thought but it’s a good win.”

Having fallen at the last qualifier last year, Holly was delighted to make it to the final 32 this time round: “It’s fantastic, that was always my aim – to try to get to the main draw and to try to compete with the biggest players in the world.”

Holly had played a junior tournament in the Czech Republic prior to her the Scottish Open, and said it was “good preparation” as she won all six matches in straight sets.

Attention turns to tomorrow for Newall – who is just looking to relax tonight before another tough day: “I’ll probably go for a bath tonight and have a hot chocolate to hopefully try and sweat it out.”

The men’s singles kicked off at 5:30 on Wednesday, and there were several men joining qualifier Christopher Grimley in the main draw.

13th seed Kieran Merrilees won comfortably against Yuehang Wang of England, whilst Matthew Carder also went through in straight sets.

Ben Torrance and Alexander Dunn were not as successful in their main draw ties, losing 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

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