Gilmour, semifinalist at the European Championships and the recent VICTOR Denmark Open, was beaten 21-19 21-15 by the world No.66. Demirbag, who hasn’t crossed the second round of any of her five previous events this year, will take on Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina.
There were a few upsets on the opening day.
In-form German pair Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel, semifinalists at the Denmark Open, fell to Scotland’s Christopher Grimley/Matthew Grimley 21-19 24-22. The Germans saved three match points and had two opportunities to force a decider, but their opponents closed it out on their fourth match point.
The Grimley brothers face Denmark’s Daniel Lundgaard/Mathias Thyrri in the second round.
Women’s doubles third seeds Lauren Smith/Chloe Birch fell in straight games, to Japan’s Chisato Hoshi/Aoi Matsuda 25-23 21-18.
Other seeds to fall included Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Ya Ching/Hu Ling Fang, to Netherlands’ Debora Jille/Cheryl Seinen, and mixed doubles fourth seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, to Denmark’s Mikkel Mikkelsen/Rikke Soby.
Women’s singles top seed Ratchanok Intanon, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, had no trouble disposing of the challenge of Switzerland’s Jenjira Stadelmann 21-9 21-10, while third seed Michelle Li, who is also coming off an injury break, got past Slovakia’s Martina Repiska 21-11 21-12.
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