April

Dominant performance from Kirsty to reach European quarter-final

Kirsty Gilmour’s bid for a first European Championship gold medal continued in fine style after breezing through to the last eight of the women’s singles.

The Scot – seeded second for the competition – once again showed why she is a two-time silver medallist, with her second straight games victory of the competition in Huelva, Spain.

The last was against Mette Poulsen but this time Gayle Mahulette was the shuttler defeated with another straight games success for the 24-year-old, the scoreline a comfortable 21-11 21-13.

The win sets up a repeat of last year’s quarter-final against Danish sixth seed Line Kjaersfeldt.

“I felt really good on court today, I've found a nice rhythm here in Huelva,” said Gilmour.

“Tomorrow will be a new day and a new opponent but first of all I'm just going to focus on all my good things.

“If I play my game well then the performance will take care of itself."

Before thoughts turned to the Dane, there was a clash with the Netherlands’ Mahulette in the third round on the continent, keeping Gilmour on track for a third successive meeting with Carolina Marin in the final.

Once again a quick start was key to Gilmour’s success, ahead for the entire first game as she quickly established a 3-0 lead before going 8-1 to the good, a position she was not to let slip.

The scoreline of 21-11 in the first game proved justified as three straight points saw her move into a 1-0 lead, halfway to the victory target.

This time Mahulette was to get the first point of the second game but that proved to be the only moment of the game in which Gilmour trailed, quickly moving into a 5-1 lead.

To her credit, the Netherlands’ player – who had never previously faced the Scot – narrowed the deficit to 8-6 but it was from there where Gilmour stole the march.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth bronze medallist reeled off seven consecutive points to go 15-6 up, a position from which she never looked like relinquishing the advantage to win without a decider.

Now comes a repeat meeting of the 2017 European Championship quarter-final contest against Kjaersfeldt, a dual from which Gilmour prevailed 21-9 21-17 when they met 12 months ago.

The match will be fourth match on court 1 in the session starting at 16.00hrs local time (15.00hrs BST) and will be live streamed at www.laola1.tv/badmintoneurope as well as on Badminton Europe's Facebook page www.facebook.com/badmintoneurope

Full schedules, draws and results are at www.tournamentsoftware.com

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