Imogen makes a promising start at Welsh internationals

Imogen Bankier and her women’s doubles partner Kirsty Gilmour made a good start to reach the semi-finals of the Yonex Welsh International in Cardiff on Saturday.

The new pairing won their first three matches in straight games, including an opening victory over New Zealand fourth seeds Anna Rankin and Madeleine Stapleton and a quarter-final win over Australian No. 8 seeds Jacqueline Guan and Gronya Somerville.

They eventually lost their semi-final to Tang He Tian and Renuga Veeran 21-17 21-14 with the Aussie pair going on to take the title.

Bankier from Milngavie and Gilmour will be quickly back in action when they tackle the Carlton Irish Open in Dublin, starting on Wednesday, before finishing the year at the Italian International from December 10-13 when Bankier will also play mixed doubles with Robert Blair.

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It was expecting a lot for them to go all the way in their first tournament together but to knock out two seeded pairs in reaching the last four is a very satisfying start.

“As they get to know one another’s game better I am sure they will start to make a big impact.