Gilmour loses out in Korea but Scots in contention in Czech Open

Kirsty Gilmour’s run at the Korea Open came to an end today when she was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Beiwen Zhang of the USA.

Scotland’s No. 1 had beaten Zhang in their only previous encounter but the American sixth seed was too hot to handle today, winning 21-15 21-19 to progress to the semi-finals.

But Gilmour can be proud of her achievements in reaching the quarter-finals, having already put in two superb performances to beat Michelle Li of Canada and former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic Adam Hall and Julie MacPherson won a straightforward opening match over Ukraine’s Artem Pochtarov and Natalya Voytsekh and then followed it up with an excellent win over French fourth seeds Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue, the same pair they beat in Belgium two weeks ago.

Second seeds Hall and Alex Dunn are in action later this evening in the men’s doubles against Danish duo Mathias Bay-Smidt and Lasse Molhede.

MacPherson will also be back in action later this evening in the women’s doubles along with Holly Newall, although they face a tough challenge against French top seeds Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran, whilst Eleanor O’Donnell and Ciara Torrance will open their doubles campaign against Turkey’s Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci.

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