Kirsty Gilmour and Jillie Cooper came within two points of a place in the last eight of the women’s doubles at the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur today.
The Scotland pair went down 20-22 21-9 22-20 against Korean pair A Ra Ko and Hae Won Yoo after a 56-minute battle.
Gilmour and Cooper took the first game on their first game point after the Koreans recovered from 19-16 down to lead 20-19. But the Koreans levelled the match by taking the second game 21-9 to set up the decider.
They looked home and dry when they led 19-13 but Gilmour and Cooper recovered to level at 19-19 and then save a match point at 20-19 down before the Koreans snatched victory.
Cooper also missed out on a quarter-final place in the mixed doubles when she and Robert Blair lost 21-16 21-18 to Malaysia’s Tan Aik Quan and Lai Pei Jing. The Scots were in contention up to 13-13 in the first game and 11-11 in the second game.
But Gilmour, in particlar, can take a lot of positives from her efforts at last week’s Victor Korean Open and this week's Malaysian event on the OSIM BWF World Superseries circuit as she and Cooper look ahead to the next Superseries event, the Yonex All England Open Championships in Birmingham from March 5-10.
But first they will focus on the Scottish National Championships in Perth from Februrary 1-3 followed by the European Mixed Team Championships in Moscow.
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