Scotland’s top badminton player, double European silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour, can’t wait for the start of the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships at the Emirates Arena from 21-27 August
With tickets selling fast, particularly for the finals day, the globe-trotting Scot, who has been named as 16th seed, is delighted with a home fixture after some stirring displays in North America in recent weeks.
Gilmour, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth silver medallist, said: “I feel spoiled that in my career so far I have managed to experience a Commonwealth Games and now a World Championships in my home city. It’s what every athlete dreams about and I get it twice.
“I’m proud every time I pull on my Scotland top but even more so when I’m surrounded by people who are in my corner and willing me to win. Scotland fans are the best and I want to do them proud every single time I play.
“Since I was a little child, I have always dreamed of becoming world champion. It would be a huge achievement, and something that I will keep chasing for the rest of my career,” said the 23-year-old.
“The World Championships is so special to me, so to win would be a big dream come true.”
Gilmour is one of only three European players seeded after Olympic and two-time defending champion Carolina Marin at No. 3 and her Spanish team-mate Beatriz Corrales at No. 15. Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is the top seed while Thailand’s 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon is No. 8.
In the women’s doubles Japan’s Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are the pair to beat while Rio silver medallists Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen are second seeds. Bulgaria’s 2014 Scottish Open winners Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva are No. 11 seeds and Denmark’s second pair of Malken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen are at No.15.
Tickets for the event are going fast, with finals day proving particularly popular.
The tournament runs from August 21-27, with preliminary matches taking place in the first three days, before the round of 16 gets going on Thursday, August 24.
The three remaining days see the quarter, semi and finals being played, as the arena focuses its attention from five courts to just one for the last two days of action.
It will be Glasgow’s second BWF World Championships having hosted the event 20 years ago in 1997.
For tickets see www.glasgow2017.com/tickets