Special recognition as Kirsty heads stateside

Kirsty Gilmour with her special recognition award
Kirsty Gilmour with her special recognition award

Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour received a special recognition award at the South Lanarkshire Council Sports Awards for her performance at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Gilmour earned a silver medal at Glasgow 2014, becoming the most successful Scot in the history of the event.

This week Gilmour takes a break from the pressure of playing Superseries badminton when she tackles the 2015 YONEX Suffolk County Community College US Open Championships in New York.

But after a run of tough draws at the Australian and Indonesian Opens, it doesn’t get much easier at Grand Prix Gold level for the Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

Gilmour, who has slipped to number 35 in the world rankings, is on course for a third-round clash with second seed and world number nine Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

But first she must overcome Brazil’s world number 62 Fabiana Silva.

A first-round win today (Wednesday) could earn her a clash with her closest GB rival Fontaine Chapman if the England player, who is number 56 in the world, overcomes Taipei’s eighth seed Pai Yu Po in the opening round.

Gilmour could follow the example of England’s two-time Scottish Open winner Rajiv Ouseph, who dropped down a rung in 2010 after a run of tough draws at Superseries level.

Winning the US Open kick-started his rise back up the rankings to a career-best number 11 by the end of 2010.