Kirsty Gilmour fell at the first hurdle today on the opening day of the TOTAL BWF World Championships being held in Nanjing, China.
Playing Indonesia’s Gregoria Tunjung, the 2017 World Junior Champion, Gilmour was always facing a difficult first round task against an opponent who showed some of her huge potential two weeks ago when she almost beat Olympic and World silver medallist PV Sindhu at the Thailand Open.
Tunjung has risen to a career high of 22 in the world rankings this year and despite a bright start which saw Gilmour briefly take the lead at 2-0, from there Tunjung was always ahead, winning a close first game 21-18.
A slow start in the second saw the Scot trail 4-0 but some determined play brought her back into contention at 8-8 with the initiative swinging back and forth until 18-18, when Gilmour won three points in a row to level the contest.
In the third game Gilmour again briefly took the lead, but at 4-4 Tunjung stamped her authority on the match, building a 15-7 advantage and going on to complete the victory 21-14 in 64-minutes courtesy of a thrilling 23-stroke rally on match point.
Scotland are still represented in the men’s doubles through Alex Dunn and Adam Hall, who open their campaign with a contest against Chinese Taipei duo Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han tomorrow at approximately 3.50pm local time (8.50am BST).
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