Gilmour Gunning for Premier Badminton League Final

Kirsty Gilmour’s Bengaluru Blasters are just one win away from the Premier Badminton League final after reaching the last four in India.

The team will now face the Ahmedabad Smash Masters for a place in Sunday’s showcase finale, with Gilmour aiming to be the first Scot to win the title in a competition where she has already made history.

The 27-year-old became the first Scottish woman to play in the tournament when taking to the court for the opening game, following in the footsteps of Robert Blair who competed in 2016.

And she showed herself to be the right player for the job too, producing player-of-the-round performances in the early stages of the competition.

But things were not to go her side’s way in Thursday’s last outing at the round-robin stage, losing to the Hyderabad Hunters 6 - (-1), though it didn’t stop them reaching the last four.

That loss, unfortunately, included defeat for Gilmour, against an old adversary in Carolina Marin, though she certainly gave the Olympic and double World Champion a run for her money.

It was Marin who pipped the Scot to the European Championship bronze medal in both 2016 and 2017, with the Spaniard doing enough to win this encounter despite strong resolve from Gilmour.

The Scottish Open Grand Prix champion now takes her place in the semi-finals, though intriguingly the Masters and Blasters have yet to face off in the competition so far, with just three points to separate them in the round-robin stage.

And with Tai Tzu-Ying likely to be on the other side of the net, Gilmour will once again have another chance to strut her stuff against one of the world’s best.

In fact the Taiwanese star is the current world No.1, but that’s not a challenge that will phase the Scot in her bid to add another feather to both hers and the Blasters’ caps.