KIRSTY GILMOUR suffered a setback today as she suffered a first-round exit at the Yonex Swiss Open 2017 in Basel.
The Scotland star, who was looking to build on last month's victory at the Austrian Open in her first international tournament back in action following knee surgery, went down 21-7 21-10 to Japanese qualifier Sayaka Takahashi.
Gilmour conceded 10 points in a row in each game. In the first Takahashi moved from 3-3 to lead 13-3 and then 17-4 before taking the opener on her first game point.
In the second Takahashi again set the pace but Gilmour closed to within a point at 11-10 only for her opponent to unleash another 10-point surge to clinch victory in 28 minutes.
It was the second meeting between the two players, Gilmour having won a close contest at the 2014 Indonesian Open 21-19 19-21 22-20.
Gilmour must now regroup before the Polish Open and Orleans International later this month as she steps up her preparations for the European Championships in Denmark at the end of April.
She will be trying to repeat her medal success of last year in France when she took the silver medal behind Spain’s world and Olympic champion Carolina Marin. But of today's upset she said: "I just struggled to find a good feeling this week. So I tried some things to help shake the feeling but it just wasn't there.
"All I can do now is watch the match back, learn , and look towards Poland next week then Orleans the week after."
Scotland’s leading men’s singles player Kieran Merrilees last night won his opening contest against England’s Michael Spencer-Smith 21-3 21-7 and takes on India’s fifth seed H. S. Prannoy later this afternoon in the second round.
Merrilees lost the first game 21-17 as Prannoy led all the way but the Scot hit back in the second to lead 10-2 but the No. 5 seed pegged him back and turned a 14-11 deficit into a 17-14 advantage before going on to take the contest 21-19 after 43 minutes.
Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh were Scotland’s other representatives in Basel when they tackled the men’s doubles. But they were up against Chinese Taipei fifth seeds Chen Hung Ling and Chi-Lin Wang in the first round last night and went down 21-10 21-11.
For today’s results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com