Scottish number one Kirsty Gilmour says she’ll learn a lot from an agonising first-round defeat to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan at the YONEX All England Open 2018.
Playing at the prestigious Birmingham tournament, Gilmour was beaten in the first game and at 19-12 down in the second appeared to be out of it, before staging a comeback and eventually losing 21-15 21-19.
The Birmingham crowd provided plenty of support and, with the Scot winning five consecutive points, thought the comeback was on, as did Gilmour herself.
“That would be classic Kirsty fashion,” said the Glasgow shuttler. “I’m kind of known for letting it slip away and then bringing it back and I always think I can do it – I came so close this time.
“I’ll learn a lot from this one I think. It’s just the beauty of badminton, that’s what the scoring system allows you to do, there’s always an ebb and flow of the game.
“A comeback at the end is always possible, that’s my thoughts on the scoring system anyway, it suits me and I really believed I could come back from that one but it wasn’t to be.”
A tight match was expected between Gilmour, the world No.18, and the Thai shuttler who is six places below her in the rankings.
Ongbamrungphan had got the better of the 24-year-old twice previously in the three encounters between the pair and played well to take the first game comfortably.
In the second though Gilmour fought hard and led at 8-7 before trailing 19-12, powering back to 19-17 before eventually falling to defeat.
After winning silver at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Gilmour is now the leading player in an eight-strong Scottish team heading to Australia’s Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealths.
“I still think it’s the best tournament in the world (the All England) and I enjoy coming down here,” she added. “It still feels like home for me even though I’m Scottish.
“The kids really support you and the rest of the crowd do too, it really feels like home.
“This is my last one before Commonwealths so I’ll learn a lot from this, try and re-group.
“Then I think we’ve got just less than a month before Commonwealths so it’s enough time to put in a training block and see what we can do over there.”