Kirsty GIlmour has battled through to the quarter finals of the Yonex US Open in Anaheim in her final event before the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from August 21-27.
Gilmour beat Haruko Suzuki (21-17 24-22) to set up a match with Saena Kawakami whom she lost out to last weekend at the Yonex Canada Open final in Calgary.
As well as the opportunity to avenge that defeat another big incentive for Gilmour is potential semi-final against old rival and Commonwealth champion Michelle Li of Canada.
Against Suzuki, the Scot led 12-8 and 17-13 before taking the first game with a three-point surge. She opened a 12-7 lead and led 18-15 in the second but Suzuki fought back and in a close climax Gilmour had to save three game points before taking the contest on her first match point after 50 minutes.
Eleanor O’Donnell and Julie MacPherson had lost in the first round of the women’s doubles but O’Donnell and Alex Dunn reached the second round of the mixed doubles before falling to top seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia 21-12 21-18.
Earlier in the competition, Gilmour defeated Sarita Suwannakitborihan of Thailand (21-7 21-12) to book a second-round contest at the Yonex US Open in Anaheim with Japan’s Haruko Suzuki.
Speaking about last Sunday’s defeat to Kawakami in a tight women’s singles final in Canada, where she lost out 19-21 21-19 21-18 in a 69-minute contest, Gilmour said: “It was a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand I’m delighted to have found some form and momentum but on the other hand I came so close to taking the title.
“Kawakami played really well and changed her tactics at just the right time. I also adjusted mine but it came down to a few key points and today she just had the edge.”