Bankier and Blair win badminton opening mixed doubles game in Russia

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Badminton star Imogen Bankier from Milngavie and Robert Blair got off to a winning start at the European Championships in Kazan, Russia yesterday.

The fourth seeds eased through their opening contest with a 21-10 21-15 victory against Russian pair Andrej Ashmarin and Ekanerina Bolotova in just 24 minutes.

The Glasgow pair will meet two more Russians today (Thursday) in the second round when they face wild cards Anatoliy Yartsev and Evgeniya Kosetskaya.

The Scots are seeded to meet second seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock in the semi-finals.

Bankier and Blair defeated the England pair on the way to the Yonex German Open title in early March.

But before that they can expect to face Denmark’s dangerous new mixed pairing of Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the last eight on Friday.

For full results and draws go to www.tournamentsoftware.com