Kirsty Gilmour’s hopes for an Olympic medal for Team GB END with a straight-game defeat to Akane Yamaguchi in Tokyo as Japan advances into the knockout stages of the women’s badminton singles
Kirsty Gilmour’s hopes of winning an Olympic medal came to an end after losing to Akane Yamaguchi in straight games.
The 27-year-old Team GB medal hopeful started well in the women’s badminton singles Group L clash and raced to a 4-0 lead in the first game at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.
But Japanese No. 4 seed Yamaguchi fought back in style and began to dictate terms to the Scot before winning the opening game 21-9.
Kirsty Gilmour’s hopes of winning an Olympic medal came to an end after defeat to Akane Yamaguchi
The 27-year-old Team GB medal hopeful started well and raced to a 4-0 lead
The 24-year-old from Japan then won – despite solid defensive play from the two-time European Championship silver medalist – the second game 21-18.
Gilmour will therefore not advance to the knockout stage of women’s badminton at this summer’s Games in Tokyo.
The Scotsman had high hopes of winning a medal as she opened the Games with a comfortable group stage win against Pakistani Mahoor Shahzad 21-14 21-14.
But Japan’s number 4 seeded Yamaguchi fought back in style to win the first game 21-9
But despite showing glimpses, she ended up falling short against Yamaguchi, who will now enter the event’s business end.
Gilmour also competed in Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she also appeared in the group stage.
After winning her opening match against unseeded Sabrina Jaquet in straight games, she lost her second match against World No. 28 Linda Zetchiri 21-12, 17-21, 16-21.
The 24-year-old from Japan won the second game 21-18 to seal her progression to knockouts