Kirsty Gilmour is through to tonight’s semi-finals at the Orleans International. But she was made to battle hard in her lunchtime quarter-final with Delphine Lansac before the French player retired with Gilmour leading the deciding game 13-7.
In tonight’s semi-finals sixth seed Gilmour will face Denmark’s Sofie Holmboe Dahl while last weekend's Yonex Polish Open runner-up Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia will meet Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the other semi-final.
Gilmour would relish another meeting with Kosetskaya if they were to reach tomorrow’s final as she lost to her in the Warsaw quarter-finals last weekend.
Lansac had won the opener 26-24 before Gilmour took the contest into a decider by taking the second game 21-14.
Gilmour had trailed 17-13 in the opening game but drew level for 18-18 and held four game points before Lansac took the opener at the second opportunity.
There was cause for concern in the second game as Gilmour trailed 8-3 but she refused to panic and a six-point surge took her from 9-7 down to 13-9 ahead. She then closed out the second on the third game point following another six-point push.
In the decider Gilmour, ranked 24 places higher at No. 45 in the latest world rankings, took control and was never headed as she eased away from 3-3 to 8-3 and after 63 minutes Lansac went to the umpire and shook hands before going to Gilmour with the score 13-7.
Gilmour is the only Scot left in the tournament after all three of Scotland’s doubles pairs lost last night.
Alex Dunn and Adam Hall, runners-up in Poland last weekend, could not repeat that form and went down 23-21 21-15 to Denmark’s Jeppe Bay and Joel Eipe in the men’s doubles first round.
Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh defeated Germany’s Jonathan and Nikolaj Persson 21-14 21-9 in the first round but then fell to England’s Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden in a close second-round contest, losing 21-18 19-21 21-18.
Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle also bowed out in the first round, beaten 21-14 21-15 by Dutch pair Iris Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen.
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