Kirsty Gilmour scored her best result in international competition in 2019 today when she won a silver medal in the women’s singles at the Orleans Masters.
But despite a tough battle lasting an hour, Scotland’s No.1 couldn’t quite take the top spot on the podium as Japanese player Saena Kawakami won the final 21-8 18-21 21-16.
Gilmour had reached today’s final courtesy of wins over Canada’s Brittney Tam and Belgium’s Lianne Tan in the early rounds.
She then beat Swiss player Sabrina Jaquet 21-18 21-16 in the quarter-final and Turk Neslihan Yigit in yesterday’s semi-final, coming from a game behind to win 23-25 21-17 21-12.
Alex Dunn and Adam Hall also recorded some excellent results in the men’s doubles.
They upset the formbook early on, beating Japanese eighth seeds Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera 21-17 25-27 21-14 in their opening contest before scoring a more straightforward 21-14 21-19 win over another Indonesia’s Muhammad Fikri and Bagas Maulana.
Another win against Japanese opposition, this time Mahiro Kaneko and Yunosuke Kubota who they beat 21-14 21-14, put them into the semi-finals where a defeat to Korea’s eventual champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin ended their campaign.
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