April

Gilmour to face Nehwal in Commonwealth Games semi-final

Kirsty Gilmour will face Saina Nehwal in a TOTAL BWF World Championships rematch after securing her place in the Commonwealth Games semi-finals – one win away from guaranteeing herself a medal.

The Glasgow 2014 silver medallist faced off against the Indian at the Emirates Arena less than a year ago, embarking on a three-game quarter-final thriller that will be difficult to forget.

But this time a place in the Commonwealth final is at stake on the Gold Coast, with Gilmour eyeing up an historic first win against Nehwal – who was forced to withdraw from the Games through injury four years ago.

She’ll be the only Scottish representative vying for the medals however as Alex Dunn and Adam Hall suffered disappointment in their own quarter-final.

But for Gilmour, progression came without really hitting a shuttle in anger Down Under as last-eight Indian opponent Ruthvika Gadde had to retire in the first game.

Indeed just eight minutes of badminton was possible in the early hours of the morning, with the Scottish No.1 9-5 ahead by the time the match was brought to a premature end.

It means Gilmour has yet to drop a game in the individual women’s singles to date, though she knows sterner challenges are to come if she wants a repeat of the silver medal from four years ago.

"She had both her ankles strapped, a knee brace and a back brace. I think she jerked her back,” Gilmour said of Gadde’s injury.

"To get up this morning and to do all my preparation as if this is going to be the toughest match of your life and then for something so unfortunate to happen, I can't complain, but I really hope that Ruthvika is OK.

"Because I was so mentally prepared for the game, I will use my time to sharpen a few things with my coach and do some light mobility later and then chill out.

"Saina and I have played each other a few times and we played quite a close game in the World Championships in Glasgow.”

A win over Nehwal would take Gilmour to the gold-medal match though defeat would not mark the end of her Games, with a chance to take home the bronze medal in a third-place play-off.

But for Dunn and Hall the curtain has come down on the Games, bowing out of a strong campaign at the quarter-final stage.

The pair had already won through two games in excellent fashion, but No.1 seeds and Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong proved just a step too far for the Iceland International champions.

Dunn and Hall can leave their first Commonwealth Games with their heads very much held high, losing the first game 21-9 but more than holding their own in the second.

The pair fought back from ten points down against their Malay opponents but they ultimately just fell short of forcing a decider, their competition ending with a 21-9 21-17 defeat.

The match schedule for Saturday has yet to be confirmed, but will be online here when it is available. Both semi-finals as well as bronze medal matches will be played on Saturday, with gold medal matches to be played on Sunday.