Gilmour battles through opening contest in Indonesia

Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour cleared the first hurdle on day one of the BCA Indonesia Open in Jakarta when she won a three-set battle with home hope Febby Angguni 21-15 16-21 21-16 in the first round of women’s singles qualifying.

Now she faces old rival Michelle Li of Canada tonight for a place in the main draw.

Gilmour dominated the opening game, pulling away from 1-1 to open a 10-5 lead. Angguni responded and was just one point behind at 12-11 but the two-time European silver medallist surged again from 14-13 to 19-13 before taking the opener on her second game point.

Angguni turned the tables in the second game as it was her turn to break away from 1-1 to 5-1 and then 16-9 before edging away to level the contest on her third game point.

Gilmour set the pace in the decider, building a five-point advantage at both 8-3 and 11-6 but Angguni closed to within a point at 12-11.

Then a five-point burst put Gilmour back in control and she booked her place in the second-qualifying round by converting her second match point after 57 minutes.

That left her waiting to see if Li, who beat her in the Commonwealth Games final and in the recent Sudirman Cup clash between Scotland and Canada, would be her opponent in tonight’s contest for a place in tomorrow's main draw.
Li and Indonesia’s Sri Fatmawati fought out a battle on the neighbouring court before Li won 21-14 21-19, having trailed 19-16 in the second game.

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