Bothwell badminton ace Kirsty Gilmour’s dream of winning her first Scottish Open title was shattered at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Sunday.
The Commonwealth Games silver medallist had been bidding for her second Grand Prix crown in the space of six weeks but lost to Denmark’s 2011 runner-up Line Kjaersfeldt in the last match on finals day.
Top seed Gilmour said: “I don’t think I played particularly badly, but just that extra little bit of tension, just not hitting convincingly enough, just that little bit of spacial awareness gone.
“I did everything I could to get that feeling back but she was on form today. That’s the best we’ve played in our last few meetings. Credit to her, that was really good for her today.
“It’s not lost on me that I’m 22 and could still have eight of these to do. I need to look at silver linings.
“I’ve got a long time in this game: this isn’t the end for me. This isn’t the end of the Scottish Open Trial. Everything right now is experience and a learning curve until I stop playing. I need to take this one on my chin.
“I landed a bit funny yesterday and brought back an old injury, but adrenaline was running through me right now so I don’t feel a thing!”
Gilmour had started by winning a close first game 21-16, before fourth seed Kjaersfeldt responded strongly by taking the second game 21-16.
When Gilmour led 13-10 in the decider, Scotland’s hopes were high but Kjaersfeldt turned the tables to lead 16-15 then move swiftly to 20-15 before clinching victory on her third match point and cap a great day for Denmark with both singles titles.
She had beaten the top two seeds in Gilmour and Beatriz Corrales in the last 24 hours and she beat both players on the way to her first Scottish Open final appearance in 2011.
Gilmour, who last month won the Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix as well as the Prague Open, had wanted to provide the perfect finish to the Championship on the day BADMINTONscotland’s enthusiastic and long-serving Patron, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, received the BWF President’s Medal from the Badminton World Federation.
Gilmour is already doing much for the sport while raising her own profile. And despite having to settle for second best in Glasgow, this latest good tournament display will help boost her ranking from No. 20 and she is the clearleader in the race to represent Great Britain at next year’s Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Motherwell’s Alex Dunn, partnering Josh Neil, lost in straight sets in the men’s doubles first round on Friday to England’s Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis.scotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It was a fabulous tournament of top-quality badminton and the players have once again helped to raise the profile of the sport in Scotland.”