KIRSTY GILMOUR’S return to competitive action ended in disappointment this morning when she was knocked out in the first round of the Victor Korea Open.
Scotland’s number 1, who reached the quarter-finals of the TOTAL BWF World Championships last month, lost out in Korea to world No. 19 Minatsu Mitani 21-15 22-20.
The Japanese player took control in the first game at 10-10, opening up a four point lead which Gilmour was unable to overturn before storming into an early 11-5 lead in the second.
Gilmour battled back to 14-14 and held game point at 20-19 but was unable to convert it, with the Japanese player reeling off three consecutive points to take victory.
Gilmour, who turns 24 next week, is continuing her rise up the rankings since recovering from knee surgery last year.
Her amazing run to the quarter-finals of last month’s World Championships, where she only narrowly missed out on a semi-final place and guaranteed bronze medal, has propelled her back to No. 22 in the world.
Gilmour will hope to continue her momentum but it doesn’t get any easier for the Glasgow based played next week when she travels to the Yonex Japan Open to face World No. 10 Yufei Chen in the first round.
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