Scotland’s hopes of a big finish to their Group 2A campaign at the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 took a huge dent tonight in Gold Coast when they were beaten 4-1 by group winners Vietnam.
The Scots, who lost their opening contest with Canada 3-2 on Sunday but bounced back to overcome New Zealand 4-1 yesterday, finished third in the group and will now play USA in the play-off for 17th place in Friday’s evening session.
In the opening mixed doubles Adam Hall and Eleanor O’Donnell went down 21-15 21-16 against Tuan Duc Do and Nhu Thao Pham.
Kieran Merrilees also found the going tough as he fell to higher-ranked Tien Minh Nguyen 21-12 21-12.
It was left to Kirsty Gilmour to try to rescue the situation but the double European silver medallist was up against a higher ranked opponent in Thi Trang Vu and went down 21-19 21-17 despite clawing her way back to lead 18-17 in the opening game.
The disappointment continued for Scotland in the men’s doubles when Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh lost 21-16 16-21 21-11 against Duc Do and Hong Nam Pham.
Speaking after his match, Campbell said: “Our performance was quite patchy. One side of the hall is quite easy to play on and it probably shows that in the scores. We lost the first quite comfortably even though it was 16 but we won the second 16.
“We lost the first and last games because of two bad starts. We were 7-0 down in the third and when you play a pair of that standard it’s going to be hard to come back.”
That left Gilmour and Julie MacPherson to prevent the whitewash against Pham and Vu in the women’s doubles and the Scots won 16-21 21-13 21-16.
MacPherson said: “They had strong singles players but some of the doubles matches were close.”
Gilmour said: “That point was very important for us just for the standings in the table. We sat down a couple of nights ago after the Canada match and decided that every match matters regardless of what the score and we wanted to get every point on the board that we could.
“Even though it’s 4-1 we’re happy to get that one.
“I think we have got such a young squad, some with their first ever cap, playing in this event so the future looks good.
“This is a chance for us to reflect on this tournament and hopefully by the next Sudirman Cup and European Team Championships we can really push on.
“It feels like an experience builder, this tournament.”