Friday 25 August 2017
An emotional Kirsty Gilmour savoured every second of her winning moment after she booked her place in the quarter-finals of the TOTAL BWF World Championships.
Facing sixth seed He Bingjiao, Gilmour wrapped up victory in three games, with an assured performance in front of the Glasgow crowd at the Emirates Arena.
The Chinese shuttler took the opening point of the match, but from there, 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.
“I’m going to roll with that tomorrow.”
Next up for Gilmour will be 2015 silver medallist Saina Nehwal, who defeated second seed Sung Ji Hyun in straight games.
But confidence is at an all-time high for Glaswegian 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.”
Straight after Gilmour’s triumph, Chris and Gabby Adcock followed her into the quarter-finals with a simple victory over Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara.
Having taken the first point, the Adcocks never lost the lead in the opening game, before dominating once again in the second to see out a 21-15 21-16 success.
Gilmour and the Adcocks will be the only British representation in the last eight, however, after earlier exits for Rajiv Ouseph and the English men’s doubles pairing of Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis.
Ouseph faced the biggest challenge in the form of five-time world champion Lin Dan, but got off to the perfect start as he took the first game in fine fashion, 21-14.
But Lin soon found the form worthy of a two-time Olympic champion, triumphing in the next two games to move into the last eight.
Meanwhile Olympic bronze medallists Langridge and Ellis struggled to find their top form on Court One, eventually succumbing in three games to Korea’s Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung.
The TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 will be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August.
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