Kirsty Gilmour into quarter-finals at World Badminton Championships

Kirsty Gilmour booked her place in the quarter-finals of the TOTAL BWF World Championships with a great display against sixth seed He Bingjiao.

Gilmour wrapped up victory in three games, winning 21-14 15-21 21-16 with an assured performance in front of Her home crowd at the Emirates Arena.

After losing the opening point of the match, Gilmour never once relinquished the lead in the first game.

But while the second swung in her opponent’s favour, the third game was dominated by the 23-year-old, her hands flying to her mouth in disbelief as victory was sealed.

“I let myself feel that for a little moment, the emotions had been shut down so I’m going to enjoy this for the rest of the day,” said Gilmour.

“I didn’t plan to come out fast and furious because I can be known for that, but I had a plan and it went rather well at the start.

“Then the rhythm of the game gets going and you pick up on the patterns that are happening, you try to go with those patterns if they’re in your favour or switch them up if they’re going against you.

“There was a bit of that, but obviously I came out of the other end on top.

“I’m going to enjoy this and keep this happy feeling because I think you play better when you’re a happy person and I’m definitely a happy person.

Next up for Gilmour is 2015 silver medallist Saina Nehwal in the third match of Friday’s evening session. Nehwal defeated second seed Sung Ji Hyun in straight games.

But confidence is at an all-time high for Gilmour, particularly with the home crowd cheering her every step of the way.

“Of course I think I can beat Saina, it’s back to square one so I’ll enjoy today and reset tomorrow, it’s 0-0 and it’s anyone’s match.

“This is my home, my family and friends come to watch. I can’t wait to look at my phone, I think it might have melted.

“I can hear every single voice, which I maybe shouldn’t be able to, but I do and I just use it.

“The more noise the better, I absolutely love it and I’m just so happy to play in Glasgow at home.”

The TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 is being staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena until Sunday.