Kirsty loses in Worlds

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour

Bothwell’s Kirsty Gilmour suffered a disappointing and unexpected first round exit in the world championships in Copenhagen last week.

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist went down 21-15 21-15 against Germany’s Karin Schnaase in the Ballerup Super Arena.

Gilmour was never ahead as the German dominated the first game but rallied early in the second game when she led 7-4.

But the two players were locked together at 11-11 before the German, who lost to Gilmour in the Swedish Masters semi-finals in January and is ranked 16 places below the 20-year-old Scot at No 32 in the world, took charge.

Gilmour lost eight of the next nine points as Schnaase surged towards victory. She checked the run with a three-point burst at 19-12 down but the German took the next two points to take the game and the match 21-15 after 45 minutes.

Afterwards Kirsty said that while disappointed she was trying not to dwell on her loss and looking back at all the high points of her season.