Kirsty Gilmour upbeat despite quarter final loss

Kirsty Gilmour was upbeat, despite losing out to 2015 world silver medalist Saina Nehwal in the quarter finals of the TOTAL BWF World Championships in Glasgow.

After a year where she battled back from serious injury, the Scot declared herself satisfied with the campaign after losing  21-19 18-21 21-15 in a close battle.

“There’s disappointment, but there’s some happiness in there too, that’s the overriding feeling right now,” she said.

“To be six points away from a world medal after what I’ve been through in the last year, with a knee injury, a new coach and rehab, UK Sport funding cuts, I can be pretty happy with how today went.

“To have that bit more discipline to get a few more points on the board would have been great, but credit to Saina, she’s been through hell too and I was happy to give her such a good fight, she’s such an experienced player.

“She’s not stupid, she sees what’s happening and gives as good as it gets.

“To know that I’ve put back-to-back solid performances in, it feels like there is some momentum.

“You normally finish a tournament and go back to training, but I’ve got a week off now. I would have liked to last a day or two longer in the tournament, but I’m going to take this week and I’ll get straight back out for Korea and Japan.

“I’m looking forward to it and that’s a great feeling.”

In the Court One opener, 16th seed Gilmour won nine points on the trot to turn game on its head, but was unable to hold on,

She won the second game, the first she has ever taken from the Indian player to level the match, but lost out in the decider.

BadmintonScotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “Kirsty gave it everything and she can be proud of herself.

“Of course she will be disappointed but in time I’m sure she will be able to look back on her performances and recognize how much she has achieved this week.

“Kirsty has shown that she can compete with the very best in the world. She is still only 23 and this is a platform she can use to build on for future success.”

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

It is being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and The National Lottery through UK Sport.

Tickets available at www.glasgow2017.com/tickets