KIRSTY GILMOUR bowed out of the CROWN GROUP Australian Open in Sydney today but not before giving world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying a fair test.
Scotland’s two-time European silver medallist fell in the first round of this MetLife BWF World Superseries event 21-18 21-11.
But Gilmour made her Chinese Taipei opponent work hard for the first game, matching her point to point from 13-13 to 17-17 before Tai edged the opener.
In the second game Gilmour recovered from 5-1 down to trail by just one point at 6-5 before a six-point burst put Tai in command.
She went on to take the contest on her first match point after 33 minutes to complete her third win over Gilmour in three meetings.
After the game, Kirsty was pointing out the positive aspects of this match: "It's was good for me to be back on court against the top players again. It's the best way for me to learn and gain experience. I can look at her game and learn from her control and skill."
"If I look at my game, I played quite well and felt in control of some of the rallies while capitalising on opportunities. Now I'm looking forward to getting back to training with some renewed focus."
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