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R Blair and I BankerScotland’s big medal hopes for the Commonwealth Games suffered a hiccup today at the Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.


Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier fell to a first-round defeat in the mixed doubles while Kirsty Gilmour went out in the opening round of the women’s singles.


Blair and Bankier, the Scottish Open and Yonex German Open champions, knew they faced a tough test when they took on the No.1 German pair Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels.


And the eighth seeds, who are ranked one place above Blair and Bankier at No.14 in the world, came out on top 21-19 21-14 in a 35-minute contest.

In a close opening game Blair and Bankier recovered from 18-15 down to draw level at 19-19 but the Germans took the next two points. That gave them a platform to control the second game, leading all the way after the second point.

Gilmour, who had lost her women’s doubles qualifier with Bankier yesterday, got off to a good start in her singles clash with Taniv Lad, taking the first game 21-13. But the Indian player turned the tables in the second to level the match 21-11.K Gilmour

In the decider Gilmour recovered from 12-7 down to lead fleetingly at 14-13 before her opponent finished the stronger to clinch victory 21-17 after 63 minutes.

The three Scots must now wait for next week’s Indonesian Open in Jakarta for more match practice but the opposition will be tougher because it is a Premier event on the MetLife BWF Superseries circuit.

After Jakarta Blair and Bankier will head to Sydney for the Australian Open Superseries from June 24-29.

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