January

Valiant Effort Ends in Defeat for Kirsty

Kirsty Gilmour couldn’t take her strong form from recent months into the Indonesia Masters as she lost in the first round in Jakarta.

 

The Scottish No.1 has had an impressive winter thus far, becoming Scottish Open Grand Prix champion as well as being part of the Bengaluru Blasters side that finished runners-up at the Premier Badminton League.

 

But that form wasn’t to come to the fore in Indonesia, losing out to home favourite Fitriani Fitriani 22-20 15-21 16-21 in a match between two evenly-matched players.

 

The pair are separated by just eight places in the world rankings, though this was the first time they had come across each other on opposite sides of the net.

 

Things started well for Gilmour, coming from 18-12 down in the first game to fight back to 20-20, before picking off the two points she needed to take the 1-0 lead.

 

She was unable to take that form into the second though as the two traded blows right through to 13-13, but six points in seven from Fitriani allowed her to take the initiative and hold on to level the match.

 

The decider saw Gilmour break into an early three-point lead in the race to 21, only for six straight points to turn the tide of the match in the Indonesian’s favour.

 

And from there the Scot couldn’t quite do enough despite a valiant effort, the game lasting just over an hour between two players on the up in the women’s singles scene.