Gilmour and Scots go through after shock Spanish exit

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour

Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour and her Scots team-mates have gone through to the quarter-finals of the European Mixed Team championships in Belgium after the shock withdrawal of Spain.

Kirty, already winner of the Swedish Masters and two Scottish titles in 2015, is part of an eight-strong squad taking part in the competition in Leuven, just outside Brussels.

She will contest the woman’s singles as she looks to maintain her imressive start to 2015.

But an expected clash with new world champion and 2013 Scottish Open Grand Prix winner Carolina Marin will not materialise following the last-minute Spanish withdrawal due to an internal dispute about player publicity results.

Scotland and holders Germany - the other side in the three-team group - are now both straight through with their clash on Thursday afternoon only serving to decide who will be group winners.

The event started on Wednesday and finishes on Sunday

Meanwhile Motherwell’s Alex Dunn could also be eyeing national team success as he seeks to clinch a place in the Scottish team for the under-19 European Junior Championships in Lubin.

The competition takes place from March 26 to April 4 and the draw, made last week, placed Scotland in a group with France, Bulgaria and Slovenia.

Alex has already enjoyed success in Lubin this year, winning the boys’ doubles with Adam Hall at last month’s Polish Junior Championships.