Kirsty singles wins not enough as Scots bow out of Euros

Kirsty Gilmour in action in Leuven (Pic by Badminton Photo/Badminto Europe)
Kirsty Gilmour in action in Leuven (Pic by Badminton Photo/Badminto Europe)

A win in the singles by Bothwell’s Kirsty Gilmour wasn’t enough to prevent Scotland going out 3-1 to Russia in the quarter-finals of last week’s European Team Championships.

The 21-year-old beat Kesnia Polikarpova 21-15 21-5 to put the Scots on the scoreboard after defeats in the mixed doubles and men’s singles in the tie in Leuven, Belgium.

But Russia then sealed victory by taking the men’s doubles, making Gilmour and Imogen Bankier’s final doubles match redundant.

Earlier in the competition Gilmour played a key role as Scotland stunned defending champions Germany 3-2 to clinch top spot in their qualifying group.

Both countries were already assured of a place in the last eight following the shock withdrawal of Spain, the third team in the group, after an internal row over player publicity rights.

Gilmour got the Scots off to a flier by avenging her World Championships defeat by Karin Schnaase.

The Commonwealth Games silver medalist produced a confident display on the way to a 21-15 21-15 victory in the 42-minute contest, leading virtually all the way in each game.

Scotland also took the men’s singles to go 2-0 up before Kirsty was back in action with Bankier in the doubles.

However the Scottish national champions went down in two close games with world no 28s Carla Nelte and Johanna Goliszewski 21-17 22-20 despite holding game point at 20-19 in the second.

Germany squared the match by winning the men’s doubles but a win in the mixed gave Scotland overall victory.