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Shock exit for Gilmour at Yonex Swiss Open

KIRSTY GILMOUR suffered a setback today as she suffered a first-round exit at the Yonex Swiss Open 2017 in Basel.

The Scotland star, who was looking to build on last month's victory at the Austrian Open in her first international tournament back in action following knee surgery, went down 21-7 21-10 to Japanese qualifier Sayaka Takahashi.

Gilmour conceded 10 points in a row in each game. In the first Takahashi moved from 3-3 to lead 13-3 and then 17-4 before taking the opener on her first game point.

In the second Takahashi again set the pace but Gilmour closed to within a point at 11-10 only for her opponent to unleash another 10-point surge to clinch victory in 28 minutes.

It was the second meeting between the two players, Gilmour having won a close contest at the 2014 Indonesian Open 21-19 19-21 22-20.

Gilmour must now regroup before the Polish Open and Orleans International later this month as she steps up her preparations for the European Championships in Denmark at the end of April.

She will be trying to repeat her medal success of last year in France when she took the silver medal behind Spain’s world and Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

Scotland’s leading men’s singles player Kieran Merrilees last night won his opening contest against England’s Michael Spencer-Smith 21-3 21-7 and takes on India’s fifth seed H. S. Prannoy later this afternoon in the second round.

Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh are Scotland’s other representatives in Basel and they start their men’s doubles challenge tonight against Chinese Taipei fifth seeds Chen Hung Ling and Chi-Lin Wang.