Last updated on May 31st, 2022 at 09:19 pm
The Badminton Scottish Open 2018 has been taking place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Kirsty Gilmour managed to retain her women’s single title overcoming the second seed Line Hojmark Kjaesfeldt of Denmark.
Gilmour took the first game reasonably comfortably winning 21-16 but found it much harder in the second despite leading for much of it, she eventually lost it 21-18.
The third game looked to be a straightforward affair for Gilmour being up 20-14 at one point. However the Dane refused to yield surviving four match/Championship points. In the end Gilmour proved too good winning the match 21-18 and securing another Scottish Open title.
Speaking to BBC Scotland Gilmour said
“I was just trying to contain it and I knew if I made 90% right decisions, I didn’t have to be perfect. I was capable of getting that last point. The last point is the hardest to get of the whole match.”
Ellis’s Double Doubles Joy
There was further British success with England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in the mixed doubles as they took on the Dutch paring of Jacco Arends and Selena Piek. Those this match unfortunately ended midway through the first game when Arends was forced to retire therefore handing the title to the English pair. For the record Ellis and Smith were 13-6 up when the game was halted.
Speaking after the match Ellis said “It is genuinely a horrible way to win” with Smith adding “We’ve closed out all the games in two sets and we’ve been really efficient. We’ve actually controlled all the matches, we’ve rarely been behind in a set.”
Meanwhile Ellis also managed to reach the final of the men’s doubles alongside partner Chris Langridge. They took on the Danish pair of David Daugaard and Frederik Søgaard beating them in two games 23-21 and 21-16.
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Watch Kirsty Gilmour Retain Her Scottish Open Title
Gilmour vs Kjaesfeldt is available to watch via Badminton Scotlands own YouTube channel, I’ve added it below along with the men’s doubles final.
Marcus Ellis / Chris Langridge vs David Daugaard / Frederik Søgaard
Congratulations to all of the winners at the Scottish Open 2018.
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