Gilmour sets standards for Scotland 2014

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour

Kirsty Gilmour goes into 2014 with big targets in a major year, not just for her, but for Scottish badminton.

If Andy Murray is the singles star of British tennis, then badminton’s Gilmour is out to dominate just the same in badminton.

Scotland’s number one singles star has already identified her big goals for 2014.

She will be heading for the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth at the end of this month where she will be aiming to become one of the youngest players to complete a hat-trick of women’s singles titles.

But Gilmour, who is still only 20, has, not surprisingly, far bigger targets over the next 11 months. And Nationals sponsors Yonex won’t mind that as she is, after all, one of the jewels in their badminton crown.

First there’s the European women’s team championships in February when Scotland will bid to qualify for the Uber Cup finals in May.

Then there’s the big ones - the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and August, followed just three weeks later by the World Championships in Denmark.

And before the year is out Gilmour will be aiming to improve on last November’s runners-up spot at the inaugural Scottish Open Grand Prix.

Gilmour said: “Of course, 2014 will be a big year for me, especially with the Commonwealth Games being in my home city and then the World Championships a few weeks later in Denmark.

“I have a lot of work to do in order to maintain my current Commonwealth ranking of fourth in women’s singles but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“My other goals for this year are looking to perform well in the European women’s team championships in February and then in the European individual championships in April.”

Gilmour, who starts the year at a career high number 23 in the world in women’s singles, will also be looking to make an impact in women’s doubles.

She will be partnering former world mixed doubles silver medallist Imogen Bankier in the Commonwealth Games.