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Gilmour earns rematch with Li at US Open

KIRSTY GILMOUR avenged Sunday’s final defeat at the Yonex Canada Open and booked a rematch with great rival Michelle Li as she reached today’s semi-finals at the Yonex US Open in Anaheim.

Gilmour defeated Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-14 24-22 to reach the last four without dropping game, having lost to her in Calgary in three close games.

Last night Gilmour led 12-11 in the first game before winning five points in a row to take charge, clinching the opener on her second game point.

In the second game Gilmour trailed 13-6 before working her way back to be level at 16-16. In a close finish Kawakami held game point at 20-19 but Gilmour stayed strong and clinched victory on her third match point after 46 minutes.

Although Gilmour is unseeded she goes into the contest with sixth seed Li as the higher ranked player at No. 37 in the world to the Canadian’s No. 59.

But Gilmour has lost all three of their meetings – in the 2014 Commonwealth Games final in straight games, in a close three-game contest at the Sudirman Cup in Australia in May and in straight games at the Indonesia Open in June.

In the other semi-final fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea faces third seed Aya Ohori of Japan.

Gilmour is the only one of the four semi-finalists yet to drop a game and is in good form in the countdown to the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 in Glasgow from August 21-27.

Adam Hall and Alex Dunn, Scotland’s other quarter-final contenders, saw their men’s doubles challenge come to an end last night as they went down 21-12 21-17 against Japanese second seeds Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko.

The young Scottish pair had lost to their rivals in Canada in two close games but last night the world No.24 pair led all the way in both games.

For full results and today’s schedule go to www.tournamentsoftware.com