Scots in action at Yonex All England and KaBal International

Known for rising to the challenge in front of the biggest audiences in the game, Kirsty Gilmour will be hoping to do so once again at this week’s All England Open.

The double European silver medallist, seven-time national champion and reigning Scottish Open Grand Prix champion begins her Birmingham campaign on Wednesday.

Up against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the first round, Gilmour will hope to put the lessons learned at BADMINTONscotland’s recent Thai training camp into practice.

Gilmour exited at the first round of last week’s German Open, her first tournament back after her recent training block.

But despite that she will be hopeful of pulling off the win against a player ranked seven places below her in the world.

The Thai player leads their head-to-head record by two victories to one but their last encounter came in 2016 and ended with a 21-19 21-10 victory for Gilmour at the Far East Malaysia Masters.

Should the Scot triumph then she faces a tough second-round encounter against either London 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, or world number one and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying.

Elsewhere this week Scotland’s doubles pairings are taking to the courts of the Czech Republic for the KaBaL International Karvina.

Ciar Pringle and Ciara Torrance begin their mixed doubles campaign with qualifying on Thursday with a first-round bye.

A potential clash against Denmark’s Patrick Abildgaard and Mathilde Haapanen or home pairing Vojtech Selong and Denisa Siklova awaits.

And, should they win that, they will need just one more win to make the main draw.

They will both feature in the main draws of the men’s and women’s doubles though, with Ciar pairing up with England’s Michael Roe and receiving a first-round bye.

They could then play either Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer or Johannes Pistorius in the second round, or an, as yet, unknown qualifier.

While Ciara has also teamed up with an English partner, Jessica Hopton, and the pair will face Poland’s Kornelia Marczak and Aneta Wojtkowska in the first round of the women’s doubles on Friday.