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

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.