Kirsty lifts title for third year in a row

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour
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Kirsty Gilmour from Bothwell won the women’s singles title at the Yonex Scottish National Champion for the third year in a row.

Gilmour started the defence of her singles title in Perth with a comfortable 21-10 21-7 win over Frances Heslop.

She then saw off Viktoria Tsvetanova 21-8 21-9 before thrashing surprise package Holly Newall 21-9 21-6 in the final.

And there was further celebration as Gilmour also retained the women’s doubles title she won with Jill Cooper last year, this time in tandem with Imogen Bankier

At least one of last year’s doubles winners was going home happy as Gilmour and Bankier took on Cooper and Sarah Bok in the final, coming back from 17-11 down in the second game to win 21-9 21-19.

Newall teamed with Motherwell’s Alex Dunn for the opening contest of the tournament, but went down 21-13 18-21 21-16 to Danny Leinster and Kirsten Geals in the mixed doubles.

Dunn reached the second round in the men’s singles beating Stewart Ferns 15-21 21-12 21-18, but lost to Josh Neil 21-9 21-14.

He also teamed with Mark Leith in the men’s doubles seeing off Fraser Haldane and Sean Leith 21-16 21-19 and Colin Leslie and Alan Oliver 21-7 21-8 before being stopped by 3/4 seeds Jamie Neill and Keith Turnbull 21-14-21-7.

In the women’s doubles Motherwell twins Hannah and Sophie Morrison made it past Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell 21-17 21-17, but fell to Rebekka Findlay and Caitlin Pringle 21-19 21-16.

BADMINTONscotland chief executive Anne Smillie said: “This was a last opportunity to see our top players in action at home before Glasgow 2014 and showed Scotland have some real strength in depth to draw on over the coming months for the challenges in Europe, at the Commonwealths and at the World Championships.”

Following wins in Sweden and Perth, Gilmour has started the season in great form with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow looming.

Next up Gilmour has gained direct entry to the women’s singles at the Yonex All England Open Championships in Birmingham next month.

Her win in Perth moved her up to number 22 in the BWF world rankings.

But the competition for the 20-year-old couldn’t be stronger at the All England with all the players ranked above her having entered the tournament.