Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier back on the medal trail

Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock
Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock

Robert Blair and Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier look to follow up their mixed doubles success at the Babolat Kharkov International last weekend when they tackle this week’s Yonex Belgium International.

Blair and Bankier, who also won the women’s doubles in Kharkov, face a pair from today’s qualifying in Leuven in the first round tomorrow.

Three Scotland players could meet in the women’s doubles second round.Third seeds Kirsty Gilmour and Jillie Cooper have a first-round bye and await the winners of Bankier and Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva’s opening clash with Julie Finne-Ipsen and Rikke Hansen of Denmark.

Gilmour is also third seed in the women’s singles where she begins her challenge against Perrine Le Buhanic of France while Kieran Merrilees faces German

Lukas Schmidt in the men’s singles first round.

Scotland also provide the fourth seeds in the men’s doubles with Longniddry’s Paul Van Rietvelde teaming up with England’s Marcus Ellis. The pair have a first-round bye and await the winners of the match between England’s Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham and Denmark’s Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Kim Astrup Sorensen. Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh face qualifiers in the first round.

Scotland have players contesting today’s qualifying rounds. Rebekka Finlay is in women’s singles action later today while she and Caitlin Pringle tackle the women’s doubles tonight.

But Pringle and MacHugh lost their opening mixed doubles qualifier 21-11 21-11 to England’s Chris Coles and Alyssa Lim.

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