Gilmour storms into Canada final

Kirsty Gilmour is through to her first final since finishing runner-up at the European Championships in Denmark in April.

The European silver medallist defeated Joo I Jeon of Korea 21-14 21-8 in the semi-final of the women's singles at the Yonex Canada Open in Calgary yesterday.

She has reached today's final without dropping a game. Against Jeon she led 14-10 and, although her opponent recovered to 14-14, the Scotland star reeled off seven points in a row to take the opener.

She dominated the second game from 4-4 and made sure there was no way back for Jeon when she won nine points in a row to lead 17-6 and clinched victory on her first match point after 36 minutes.

In today's final she faces Japan's Saena Kawakami, who defeated team-mate Sayaka Takahashi in straight games.

Gilmour, who is ranked seven places higher than Kawakami at No. 45, has faced her just once, winning the closest of contests 21-16 13-21 22-20 at last year's Victor Far East Malaysia Masters.

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