April

Gilmour, Dunn and Hall through to Gold Coast quarter-finals

Kirsty Gilmour, Alex Dunn and Adam Hall are just one game away from the Commonwealth Games semi-finals after the trio battled through their last-16 matches on the Gold Coast.

Gilmour made the most of her high-seed status to prevail in straight games, taking her place in the women’s singles quarter-finals for a second successive Games.

The 24-year-old is to be joined at the same stage by Dunn and Hall, the men’s doubles pair also prevailing without dropping a game to move closer towards the medal matches.

But the results weren’t as favourable for some of the other Scottish hopefuls, with Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell knocked out of the women’s doubles by English opposition.

Dunn and O’Donnell missed out in the mixed doubles while it was the end of the Games for Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh in the men’s doubles.

But for Gilmour, silver medallist at Glasgow 2014, the march forward continued Down Under with her next opponent India’s Ruthvika Gadde.

The latest success was a hard-fought one, needing to come from two points down against England’s Chloe Birch to take the opening game 22-20.

But there were no such troubles in the second for the Scottish No.1, showing her class on the Australian courts to prevail 21-12, the match totalling 40 minutes.

"It has been my first real test. It was the first one I really had to prepare for. I did my homework and we've played against each other a few times before, so I was really up for it,” she said.

"I wanted to hit the ground running but also work out a few kinks and get the nerves out of the way.

"I think it was a really good challenge. Chloe, she's an absolute fighter. She will never give you an easy match so I really had to take it to her. I think I worked out my game plan quite well."

Meanwhile there was also success for Dunn and Hall – who now have an enticing dual with the top seeds in the quarter-finals.

That came thanks to a convincing 21-7 21-9 over Barbados’ Dakeil Thorpe and Cory Fanus, needing just 20 minutes to get over the line.

It means a tie with tournament favourites and Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong now awaits, the biggest test the Iceland International winners have faced at Commonwealth level.

It wasn’t to be for Dunn alongside O’Donnell however, the mixed doubles pair going down in straight games to Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia.

Against a pair seeded eighth it was always going to be a tough test, with 21-9 21-16 the eventual margin of defeat for the Scots, showing plenty of fight in the second game.

"We made quite a few errors today and we can't afford to make those kind of errors when playing here,” said Dunn.
While O’Donnell added: "We started off a lot better in the second set, but had some nerves playing against the top Malaysian pair."

And O’Donnell’s Commonwealth Games came to an end later in the day as she and MacPherson lost out to England’s Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker in the Battle of Britain.

Once again the fight was unfaultable from the Scottish duo though the key points eluded them at the key moments, missing out 21-13 21-10.

The last game of day eight on the Gold Coast saw another disappointing result for Scotland, with Campbell and MacHugh playing their final shots of the competition in a 21-11 21-17 defeat to Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura.

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