Narrow loss for Gilmour against former world champ

Kirsty Gilmour led the Scotland charge at the Indonesia Masters, narrowly losing out on a place in the third round.

Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall departed in the first round of the men’s doubles at the hands of the eighth seeds, with Matthew and Christopher Grimley exiting at the same stage.

While Hall and Julie MacPherson teamed up in the mixed doubles, suffering defeat to home pairing Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati.

Gilmour battled hard in her women’s singles first-round win over Zhang Yi Man, coming from behind in the first game before clinching it 21-17 as Zhang responded by winning the second game to take it to a decider.

The world no. 18 was in control in the third as she came through 21-15 to set up a tussle with Thai fifth seed Ratchanok Intanon.

Intanon took the first game 21-17 with Gilmour fighting back to win the second 21-19. But as the clock ticked over an hour, Intanon closed out the decider 21-15 to advance and end Scotland’s involvement in Jakarta.

Earlier in the week, Hall and Dunn were unable to get a foothold in their men’s doubles contest against Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzudin of Malaysia.

Goh and Izzuddin opened the contest with four unanswered points and never relinquished their advantage, winning the first game 21-9.

The second game was closer as Hall and Dunn matched their opponents equally until Goh and Izzuddin scored six points in a row, ultimately closing out the game and the match 21-14.

The Grimley brothers pushed Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren all the way, keeping pace in the first game, recovering to 11-10 before going down 21-17.

In the second, the Grimleys fought back with four consecutive points with Jomkoh and Kedren having to fight for every point as they won 21-16.

Hall was then back in action on Wednesday in the mixed doubles as he and MacPherson tried to stage a comeback against Kusharjanto and Kusumwati having lost the first game 21-11.

MacPherson and Hall were 7-2 down in the second game but fought back to level matters. Their Indonesian opponents spurned three match points before taking the win at the fourth opportunity, eventually winning 22-20.

In Europe, Scottish involvement in the Denmark Masters ended at the qualification stage with Laura Middleton falling on the wrong side of a home nations clash.

Middleton tasted defeat to England’s Abigail Holden, losing 21-11 21-15, and Toni Woods also missed out in the women’s singles as she was beaten 21-12 21-8 to Huang Ching Ping of Chinese Taipei.

In the men’s singles, James Robertson lost 21-9 21-9 to Huang’s compatriot Yang Yang on a difficult day in Hillerod.

Link to full results and draws from both events are below: