Kirsty lands national titles once again

Kirsty Gilmour in action at the 2015 Scottish championships in Perth
Kirsty Gilmour in action at the 2015 Scottish championships in Perth
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Bothwell’s Kirsty Gilmour was a double winner at the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth last weekend.

As expected the 21-year-old world number 26 came out tops in the women’s singles for the fourth year in a row.

And she then teamed up with Imogen Bankier to land her third women’s doubles title.

In the singles top seed Gilmour, after a first round bye, took just 16 minutes to race past Rothesay’s Sara Sidebottom in Saturday’s quarter-final, winning 21-4 21-5.

The following morning Kirsty saw off Ciara Torrance 21-11 21-8 to set up a repeat of last year’s final with Mauchline’s Holly Newall in the afternoon.

And once again the Commonwealth Games silver medallist proved too strong, winning 21-7 21-3 to add the national title to the Swedish Masters crown she retained two weeks previously.

In the doubles Gilmour and Bankier, seeking her sixth women’s doubles title, got a first-round bye and then a walkover against Toni Woods (Falkirk) and Frances Heslop (Glasgow) when Heslop pulled out injured.

That put them through to a semi-final with Kirsten Geals and Victoria Wan which they won 21-8 21-10 and they then beat number two seeds Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle 21-6 21-14 in the final.

Motherwell’s Alex Dunn also enjoyed a good tournament, reaching the quarter-finals of the men’s singles and the semi-finals of the doubles.

In the singles Dunn opened with a 21-14 21-11 win over Michael Allan 21-14 21-11 and then beat Matthew Grimley 21-7 21-19 before bowing out 21-9 21-7 to defending champion Kieran Merrilees.

In the doubles Dunn and Adam Hall, fresh from their recent success in Poland, beat Alistair Gordon and Callum McMillan 21-18 21-11 and then upset 3/4 seeds Jamie Neill and Keith Turnbull 22-20 21-13.

That set up a semi-final with second seeds Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh who were given a tough battle before they eventually prevailed 23-21 22-24 21-5.