Kirsty sees a silver lining

Kirsty Gilmour (left) on the podium with gold medallist Michelle Li (centre) and PV Sindhu who picked up bronze.
Kirsty Gilmour (left) on the podium with gold medallist Michelle Li (centre) and PV Sindhu who picked up bronze.

Kirsty Gilmour admits it is only now starting to sink in that she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Bothwell badminton star was seeded second in the women’s singles so the result may not have been one of the shocks of the Games, but that didn’t stop Gilmour from savouring her achievement.

She said: “The notion I am a Commonwealth Games medallist is getting there, but we had a family party to celebrate and having done lots of media things I guess it must be true.”

Gilmour lost 21-14, 21-7 defeat by Canada’s Michelle Li in the final and says she just had no gas left in the tank after beating Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee in the semi-final.

She said: “I tried to appear disappointed after the match, but really I was just so happy to win a medal of any colour after winning the semi whatever happened in the final was just a bonus.

“I played a lot of badminton at the Games and by the time I reached the final I just had nothing left so I really wasn’t up for it like I should have been.

“Michelle played above expectations and the top seed PV Sindhu perhaps under performed, while I as the second seed performed exactly as anticipated so it’s a happy day.

“Being the most successful Scottish badminton player at a Commonwealth Games is a nice little handle to now have and hopefully it won’t be my last success at the event.”

Gilmour is now taking a few days off before travelling to Copenhagen for the World Championships in three weeks time.

She said: “The pool is much wider with players from the likes of China, Indonesia and Japan involved.

“However, after the Games I am full of confidence so we’ll see how it goes.”