February

Gilmour battles through to Austrian semi-finals

Kirsty Gilmour is back to her fighting best after winning a three-game battle at the Austrian Open in Vienna tonight to book her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals in her first international tournament since the Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old Commonwealth Games and European silver medallist moved through her first two rounds without dropping a game as she disposed of Danish players Sofie Dahl yesterday and Julie Jacobsen this morning.

But it was a different proposition when she faced Japanese top seed Yui Hashimoto in the quarter-finals in her first tournament since winning her sixth consecutive Yonex Scottish National Championships at the start of the month.

The Scotland star took a close opener 21-18 but surrendered the second 21-9 before clinching the contest 21-18 in the third game of a 62-minute tussle.

The first game was always tight but Gilmour reeled off three points in a row to move ahead. But Hashimoto led all the way in the second and went 9-4 up in the decider.

However, Gilmour, playing an opponent ranked nine places higher at 45 in the world rankings after the Scot’s injury lay-off saw her slide down to this week’s No. 54, showed all her fighting spirit. She drew level at 9-9 and held a three-point lead at 16-13 before going on to take the contest on her third game point after 62 minutes.

In tomorrow’s semi-finals she will face Japanese qualifier Rira Kawashima, who has yet to drop a game. In the other semi-final Denmark’s second seed Mia Blichfeldt will face Germany’s Fabienne Deprez.

In the men’s doubles fourth seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh scored their second straight-games win when they defeated Denmark's Alexander Bond and Nikolaj Overgaard 21-15 21-11 to earn a quarter-final against England's eighth seeds Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden.

But the England pair came out on top tonight when they went through to the semi-finals 24-22 21-17. Briggs and Wolfenden needed four game points to take a tight first game but led in the second and clinched the contest on their second match point.

Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle, the women's doubles fourth seeds, also reached the last eight after their 21-16 21-17 win over China's Xu Wei and Yang Manlin.

But they found Ching Hui Chang and Yang Ching Tun of Chinese Taipei too strong and went down 21-11 21-10.

To follow the results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com