November

Gilmour happy to 'win ugly' in Scottish Open semi-final

Kirsty Gilmour admitted she did not play the most beautiful game of badminton, but that was of little importance as she reached her third Scottish Open Grand Prix final.

The Scot defeated Soraya de Visch Eijbergen 21-15 21-17 to set up an encounter with Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, who had made light work of Beatriz Corrales earlier in the day.

Gilmour opened up a five-point lead in the first game, but the Dutch player refused to give her an easy ride, drawing the scores level at 13-13.

But the women’s singles top seed pulled ahead to claim victory and insisted that reaching the final was all that mattered, regardless of how she got there.

“She threw some really good things at me and I could not quite find my touch at crucial points but I managed to eek the win out,” she said.

“I was not wholly satisfied with how things went but it is my name that appears first on that scoreboard so it is a nice feeling.

“I am not complaining, even if I play a perfect game I will always find room to criticise. But winning ugly I’ll take it, I love a scrap.

“Anything that anyone throws at me I will take it and hit back so it is does not have to be beautiful badminton. As long as your name is in bold it does not matter.”

In the men’s competition, England’s Toby Penty will look to claim his third tournament victory of the year after coming from behind to beat Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 14-21 21-14 21-17.

The 13th seed will face France’s Lucas Corvee in the final, who spent an hour and 13 minutes on court one before clinching a 21-16 16-21 21-17 victory over Mark Caljouw.

And Dutch duo Jacco Arends and Selena Piek will feature in not one, but two finals tomorrow after triumphing in the last four of the mixed doubles and their respective men’s and women’s doubles.

But it was not to be for Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in their first Grand Prix semi-final, they lost to Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling to set up a double Dutch final.

Alongside Seinen, Piek will face Russians Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova in the women’s doubles final while Mikkel Mikkelsen and Mai Surrow make up the other half of the mixed doubles final.

Watch the finals live on BBC Sport website from 11.00hrs

Results, draws and schedules are at www.tournamentsoftware.com

The Scottish Open Grand Prix is being staged at the Emirates Arena by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Tickets are on sale online or at the Emirates Arena box office.