Kirsty Gilmour won bronze in the women’s singles of the European Championships in Kiev over the weekend.
The 27-year-old only returned to training four weeks ago following an injury sustained in the European Women’s Team Championships in January but that didn’t stop her taking yet another individual European medal, to add to her silver medals of 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Seeded fourth, Gilmour powered her way through the opening two rounds to set up a quarter-final clash against Lianne Tan of Belgium.
She had never dropped a set against the Belgian in five previous meetings but Tan threatened to cause an upset when she took the first.
But Gilmour fought back, taking control early in the second set and dominating the match from then on to win 18-21 21-13 21-14.
With all semi-finalists guaranteed a medal, that win secured at least a bronze for Gilmour but she was aiming for more when she stepped on to court against Line Christophersen.
But despite dominating the second set, the Dane was ultimately too much and Gilmour went out 21-13 7-21 21-10.
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