Spanish sighs as Kirsty loses out

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Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour’s bid for glory at last week’s Scottish Open Grand Prix in Glasgow fell at the final hurdle.

The 20-year-old world number 25 justified her seeding position of second by battling all the way through to the final of the event at the Emirates Arena.

But as in her previous Grand Prix final appearance, in London last month, Kirsty’s hopes were dashed by Spanish top seed Carolina Martin.

Kirsty started her title challenge with a solid 21-10 21-8 win over Czech player Zuzana Pavelkova.

Next up was a double header with Kirsty firstly digging deep to win a morning battle with American Zhang Beiwen 22-20 12-21 22-20 after leading 19-15 and 20-17 in the decider.

That put her through to a quarter-final later the same day but there were no signs of fatigue as she put in an impressive performance to Bulgarian seventh seed Linda Zetchiri 21-10 21-9, avenging a loss to her in their only other meeting three weeks ago at the Bitburger Open.

Gilmour had the Scotland fans roaring as she booked her final place in the final by beating fourth seed Beatriz Corrales of Spain 21-10 17-21 21-16.

Her fans may have been worried as Gilmour lost the second game but she reasserted herself in the decider and to set up the chance to avenge her London defeat by Marin.

But it wasn’t to be as Marin, also 20, emerged victorious by 21-14 11-21 21-13 after a gruelling 68-minute battle of the 20-year-olds.

Despite the defeat the Bothwell star was given great support by the Scotland fans who hope to see her back on the podium, hopefully a step higher, at next year’s Commonwealth Games event in the same arena.