Kirsty Gilmour returns to Superseries action on Monday when she tackles the high-quality BCA Indonesia Open in Jakarta.
The Commonwealth and two-time European silver medallist is Scotland’s lone hope at this Metlife BWF Superseries Premier event and, although she is back up to No. 40 in the world rankings, she still has to win through two rounds of qualifying if she is to reach the main draw.
She starts with a clash against Febby Angguni, the world No. 89 from Indonesia. They have met just once with the Indonesian winning a close three-game contest but that was back in 2013 at the Yonex Belgium International.
But Gilmour has a special incentive to win the opener as it is likely to earn her a clash with old rival Michelle Li, the Canadian who defeated her in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow.
They met again last month at the Sudirman Cup on Australia’s Gold Coast with Li winning their second meeting in another close contest 21-12 22-24 21-18.
If Gilmour makes it third time lucky and overcomes the world No. 37 she will book her place in the main draw and expect to face Nozomi Okuhara, the Japanese World No. 9 she lost to in straight games in last year’s Indonesian event.
Tai Tzu Ying, who is missing the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 in Glasgow in August to compete in the World Student Games in her native Taiwan, and Spain’s Olympic champion Carolina Marin, who will be bidding for a World title hat-trick at the Emirates Arena, are the top two seeds in the women’s singles in Jakarta.
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