Kirsty Gilmour fell at the first hurdle of the Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur today.
Facing Hong Kong’s world number 19 Cheung Ngan Yi, Scotland’s number one suffered a 21-10 21-16 loss.
Gilmour, ranked six places below her opponent, held her own in the opening stages but with the scores tied at 7-7 Cheung scored seven points in a row to exert her authority on the game.
Game two was a closer affair but from 6-6 the Hong Kong player was always in control and, despite Gilmour battling back to level the scores again at 15-15, Cheung took six of the next seven points to complete her victory.
Speaking afterwards, she said: “I felt like I played an ok game today. But nothing special, which at this level isn't enough.
“I was against the wind in the first set which was putting her in a good attacking position. I benefitted from that in the second but couldn't find enough control to take the set.
“Now I'll get a few days of good training and prepare for Indonesia next week.”
Gilmour will now travel to Jakarta for the Blibli Indonesian Open where she faces Korea’s Lee Jang Mi in her opening round.
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