Kirsty suffers semi-final shock in home event

Kirsty was unable to repeat her Commonwealth Games success at the Emirates
Kirsty was unable to repeat her Commonwealth Games success at the Emirates

Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour’s bid to land the Scottish Open Grand Prix ended when she went out at the semi-final stage.

The 21-year-old, returning to Glasgow Emirates Arena where she won Commonwealth Games silver earlier this year, was top seed for the event.

But her hopes were dashed when, after failing to capitalise on a match point, she went out to Japan’s Sayaka Sato.

And to complete a miserable day Kirsty and partner Imogen Bankier also went out of the doubles semi-finals, losing to Bulgarian sisters Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva.

Kirsty began her singles bid with a hard-fought 21-15 21-17 first round win over American Rong Schafer.

In the second round Czech Republic player Zuzana Pavelkova was despatched 21-10 21-11 inside 32 minutes but the Bothwell player then had to overcome a heavy cold and the loss of a first game to beat Sweden’s Elinor Widh 16-21 21-9 21-14 in their quarter-final.

That set up a semi with Sato and Kirsty looked on course for victory when she swept through the first game 21-16.

The second game was much closer and there was little to choose between the players once Kirsty had clawed back Sato’s 5-1 advantage.

But her missed match point at 20-19, narrowly firing the shuttle wide, proved costly as Sato levelled the contest then quickly took control, winning the decider 21-12.

In the doubles Kirsty and Bankier were seeded third and pushed the Bulgarian top seeds all the way in the opening game.

But the sisters took it 21-18 and finished off the contest 21-7 in the second to end the Scots’ hopes.