BOTHWELL badminton player Kirsty Gilmour’s first taste of Superseries action ended in disappointment at the Victor Korea Open in Seoul today (Tuesday).
The top qualifying seed had a first-round bye but then faced Korea’s Jang Mi Lee for a place in the main draw.
The Yonex Scottish National women’s singles champion, who defends her title in Perth at the start of February, took the first game 21-16 before losing the next two 21-13, 21-16.
The 19-year-old pulled back to 9-9 in the decider before the Korean eased steadily away to move into the first round.
But Gilmour will get another chance tomorrow (Wednesday) at the first of this year’s five Premier events on the OSIM BWF World Superseries circuit.
She and Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper are in action in the women’s doubles first round, but the draw has been unkind to them as they take on Korean fourth seeds Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na.
Blair and Malaysian Tan Bin Shen and Paul Van Rietvelde and England partner Marcus Ellis are in men’s doubles action tomorrow as well
After this week’s event in Seoul, Gilmour, Cooper, Blair and Van Rietvelde will head for Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysia Open, another Superseries test.