Kirsty Gilmour had to settle for second best at the Yonex Canada Open after losing a close women’s singles final with Japan’s Saena Kawakami. The Scotland star went down 19-21 21-19 21-18 in a 69-minute contest.
Gilmour took the first game thanks to a five-point burst when trailing 15-14 but Kawakami levelled the match despite Gilmour closing to within a point at 20-19 after another five-point charge.
In the decider it was Kawakami’s turn to produce a fightback. Trailing 13-11 she reeled off five points in a row to set up a winning platform.
Gilmour said: "Today was a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand I'm delighted to have found some form and momentum but on the other hand I came so close to taking the title.
"Kawakami played really well and changed her tactics at just the right time. I also adjusted mine but it came down to a few key points and today she just had the edge."
Gilmour and her Scotland team-mates now head for the Yonex US Open in Anaheim in what will be her final event before the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from August 21-27.
But Gilmour faces a stern test as she meets India’s second seed Saina Nehwal in the first round on Wednesday’s opening day.
In the men’s singles Kieran Merrilees also has a tough opener against Japanese fourth seed Kazumasa Sakai.
Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh tackle the men’s doubles where they face Sweden’s sixth seeds Richard Eidestedt and Nico Ruponen while the luck of the draw has also deserted Alex Dunn and Adam Hall, who will be up against the Australian fifth seeds Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe.
Dunn and Eleanor O’Donnell meet American pair Mathew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong and if they win their opening mixed doubles contest they are likely to meet Malaysian top seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing in the second round.
O’Donnell is also in the women’s doubles with Julie MacPherson and they begin against England’s No. 8 seeds Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker.
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