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Gilmour faces World No. 1 in Sydney

Kirsty Gilmour faces the toughest of challenges tomorrow in the women's singles first round at the CROWN GROUP Australia Open in Sydney.

The Commonwealth Games and two-times European silver medallist faces world No.1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying after being promoted to the main draw from the qualifying competition of this latest MetLife BWF Superseries event.

They have met twice before with Gilmour losing to the Chinese Taipei star in three games at the BWF World Championships 2013 and in two games at the 2015 Yonex All England Championships.

Once again, Gilmour is the only Scot competing just as in Jakarta at last week's Super Series Premier event.

Gilmour will be keen to test herself against the world's best women's singles player as she looks to climb the world rankings back towards the top 20 slot she held before her autumn knee surgery.

The draw is challenging in Sydney with the winner of Gilmour's match likely to face 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the second round. Tai Tzu defeated Intanon in the All England final in March.

Gilmour will at least have the chance to tell Tai Tzu what she will be missing following her decision to play in the University Games in Taipei rather than the TOTAL BWF World Championships in Glasgow in August.

The Australian Open represents the latest leg of a gruelling Continental journey for Gilmour as she moves from Gold Coast to Jakarta to Sydney and then on to Canada for the Yonex Canada Open in Calgary early next month in the countdown to Glasgow 2017.

To view today's results in the qualifying rounds go to www.tournamentsoftware.com