Gilmour goes out in Paris

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour

Bothwell’s Kirsty Gilmour went out of last week’s Yonex French Superseries badminton event in Paris last week at the second round stage.

But the 21-year-old Glasgow 2012 silver medalist took comfort from pushing 2010 Commonwealth champion Saina Nehwal all the way before losing their 39-minute duel 21-19 21-16.

Gilmour has yet to take a set off the Indian star in four meetings, but made a good start in this one, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 7-5 advantage.

But that was the only time she was ahead as Nehwal responded to move clear at 10-7 and appear to take control at 14-10. But Gilmour was just a point behind at 16-15 and maintained the one-point gap right up to the final point.

In the second game Nehwal took charge and pulled away from 4-4 to complete victory.