April

Gilmour seeded second at the European Championships

Kirsty Gilmour is no stranger to the European Championships podium and the shuttler will once more be among the favourites for the crown.

The 24-year-old has been announced as the second seed in the women’s singles for the upcoming tournament in Huelva, Spain.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin is number one seed in her home country and is Gilmour’s main competition, having defeated the Bellshill player in the 2016 and 2017 European finals.

The draw for the first round of matches will be announced on April 10, with the competition set to take place from April 24 to 29.

Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark and Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya are third and fourth in the women’s singles seeds respectively.

Marin’s compatriot Beatriz Corrales is fifth, with Danes Line Kjaersfeldt and Natalia Koch Rohde and Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit ranked sixth, seventh and eighth.

Gilmour will be looking to turn the European silvers into gold this time around and has excellent pedigree as she searches for her maiden European title.

But she won’t be the only Scot in action, with Adam Hall and Alex Dunn – currently with Gilmour at the Commonwealth Games – set to compete in the men’s doubles.

BADMINTONscotland chief executive Anne Smillie said: “I am thrilled to see Kirsty is seeded second for this year’s European Championships in Huelva.

“Everyone has seen the talent she possesses, as witnessed in this competition before, and we will be cheering her on every step of the way.

“Hopefully this year will be the year she gets the gold and we wish her the very best of luck.”