Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour will get a taste of the pressures to come this summer when she tackles the Yonex All England Open Championship in Birmingham next month.
The draw has landed Gilmour a first-round clash against India’s reigning Commonwealth champion Saina Nehwal, who will be one of her leading rivals at Glasgow 2014.
Gilmour faces the seventh seed on Wednesday, March 5, and goes into the tournament in terrific form despite Scotland’s women failing to reach the knockout stages of the European Team Championships in Basel.
Winning all six of her matches in both singles and doubles, Gilmour took on opposition from Belgium, Switzerland and Russia.
She started off against Lianne Tan of Belgium and then teamed with Imogen Bankier to defeat Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain.
The host nation were up next as Gilmour beat Sabrina Jaquet, and this time was joined by Jillie Cooper for a doubles victory over Celine Burkart and Ayla Huser.
Gilmour then ended the tournament with a 100 per cent record as first Russia’s Natalia Perminova in the singles and, reunited with Bankier in the doubles, Ekanerina Bolotova and Olga Morozova were swept aside.
However, the Scots could only win one match not involving Gilmour and bowed out third in the table.
Next up for Gilmour is the Yonex German Open 2014 which begins on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Motherwell’s Alex Dunn again showed he has no fear of older opponents when he won the singles and doubles in the West of Scotland Under-19 Championships.
Dunn (15) is in his first season at under-17 level but had already stepped up to the win the doubles and mixed doubles in the East under-19 event. He’s set for the European under-17s in Turkey in March.