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Scotland turn clock back 10 years against USA

Scotland ended their TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 challenge on a high tonight when they defeated USA 3-0 in Gold Coast.

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh gave the Scots a flying start by beating Vinson Chiu and Timothy Lam 21-12 21-15.

Kirsty Gilmour then took the women’s singles with a 21-9 21-17 win over Jamie Subandhi.

The winning point was scored by Kieran Merrilees as he proved too strong for Nicholas Waller by taking the men’s singles 21-7 21-6.

The 3-0 scoreline was the same as when Scotland met the USA in Glasgow at the 2007 Sudirman Cup when Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier, Craig Goddard, and Susan Hughes won their matches. Andy Bowman, Rita Yuan Gao and this week’s new BWF Council member Emma Mason were also in the team for that match.

Scotland head coach Tat Meng Wong said: “I am fairly happy but I feel we should have finished second in our group. We should have beaten Canada.”

Instead Scotland had to settle for the win over USA and a 4-1 victory over New Zealand. The Scots lost to Canada 3-2 and group winners Vietnam 4-1.

That meant Scotland finished third in the group and tonight’s play-off win left them in 17th place overall, an outcome that contrasted sharply with their 2013 campaign in Kuala Lumpur when the Scots were undefeated throughout, winning all their matches against higher-ranked teams to top Group 2.

Gilmour, the oldest woman in the squad at 23, said: “We had hoped for better but we have a very young team. On top of that we have lost two or three experienced players in the last few years.

“We had hoped to beat Canada. It would have been different if we had. But it’s great preparation for the Commonwealth Games here next year.”

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie, who has been in Gold Coast all week, said: “The players did all they could and can’t be faulted for their attitude. This is a young team compared to four years ago.

“This is good experience for the players and they can now look forward to performing in their own back yard at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in August. I am sure they will receive strong support from our legions of badminton fans.”