SCOTTISH OPEN DAY TWO: Merrilees and O’Donnell progress

DAY two at the Scottish Open Grand Prix is over and it was another day of relative success for the Scottish competitors.

Early on in the day Adam Hall and Eleanor O’Donnell progressed to the last 16 of the mixed doubles.

The Scottish pair beat Canadian Adrian Liu and Australian Leanne Choo in straight games, although they had to endure a tough first game, winning 23-21 before winning the second 21-14.

Eleanor was delighted to progress to the next stage: “I feel amazing, this is only my second Scottish Open, last year I had a tough draw so this is my first win at a Scottish Open – so it’s great.”

Adam, equally as delighted, pointed out that the pair have not played together regularly: “I’m really happy – me and Eleanor haven’t played a tournament since May because I moved down to Milton Keynes, so we have had literally three training sessions together. But we felt really comfortable on court.

“We will have a tough game tomorrow, but if we play like that then I don’t see why we can’t win.”

Holly Newall was the next Scot in action, having qualified for the main draw with two wins on the opening day.

Unfortunately Newall, hampered by a cold, was beaten by in straight games by Danish fifth seed Mia Blichfeldt.

Alexander Dunn and his English mixed doubles partner Evie Burbridge were knocked out in their first round game and Matthew Carder was knocked out in the round of 32 by Bjorn Seguin of the USA.

Kieran Merrilees, seeded 13, won 21-13 21-13 against his opponent from Chinese Taipei, although it was far from comfortable by his own admission.

He told us: “It definitely wasn’t comfortable. I think the rallies were quite tough. Before the game I thought it was going to be really difficult and I had to make sure I was playing at my best and I did that today.”


Eleanor O’Donnell and Julie MacPherson cruised through in the women’s doubles, 21-12 21-12, with Eleanor securing her second win of the day having never won a Scottish Open match before.

Ciara Torrence was knocked out of the women’s singles, with a Dane again the victor – this time eighth seed Julie Finne-Ipsen.

Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle were the second Scottish women’s pairing to qualify for the next round, winning a battle of Britain against English pair Sophie Males and Rosemary Allen.

Lauren Middleton and Sarah Sidebottom failed to make it three out of three from the women’s doubles, losing in straight games to a German pair.

Holly Newall, 18, was defeated for the second time in a day in the doubles with Kirsten Berry – despite having taken the first game.

The final Scottish involvement of day two saw Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh knocked out of the men’s doubles by a Chinese Taipei partnership.


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