January

Battling loss for Kirsty against World No. 5

Kirsty Gilmour got off to a blistering start and was within two points of a win against Ratchanok Intanon at the Malaysia Masters but eventually fell to defeat against the world number five.

 

The Scot, who had defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in Wednesday’s opening round in Kuala Lumpur, put up more than just a brave fight against Thailand’s Intanon.

 

Unseeded Gilmour started the match with a run of seven straight points to give herself the upper hand against Intanon.

 

It was a position she did not let slip in the first game, with her higher-ranked opponent only ever getting to within five points of Gilmour before the Scot eventually took the opener 21-9.

 

The second game was a much tighter affair, though, with Intanon establishing just three and five-point leads throughout the contest.

 

Gilmour trailed 17-20 but saved three straight game points to level things at 20-20, before going on to rescue herself three further times in the game.

 

But from 23-23 it was Intanon that won the crucial next two points, levelling the match and forcing a decider.

 

And as the clock ticked towards the hour mark Kirsty started to struggle, with Intanon establishing 9-3 and 15-8 leads before going on to win the decider 21-14.