Be first in the queue to cheer on Kirsty at the Scottish Open as tickets go on sale

Kirsty Gilmour will be hoping to make it third time lucky when she leads the home challenge once again at the Scottish Open Grand Prix in November.

The Team GB star has already reached the women’s singles final twice in the last three years, finishing runner-up to World, European and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in 2013 and having to settle for second best last November against Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt.

Gilmour was also silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Emirates Arena and silver medallist at the European Championships in France at the end of April.

Now she will be urging Scotland fans to cheer her on at the Emirates Arena from 23-27 November as she chases that first elusive Scottish Open title.

To that end, YOU can be first in the queue for the best seats in the house as tickets go on sale at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk.

And as a special incentive BADMINTONscotland are offering an early bird discount for fans who book between now and October 23.

Having spent the last four years qualifying for the Rio Olympics with Team GB, Gilmour is now embarking on another qualifying race as the Scottish Open Grand Prix is just one of the tournaments carrying ranking points to help her qualify for the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at the Emirates Arena next August.

But at No. 16 in the world, the 22-year-old from Bellshill should have no problem booking her ticket to the Worlds.

She said: “It’s great to think that barely a year on from Rio I will be competing at a World Championships in my home city. But first I am looking forward to continuing my hunt for my first Scottish Open women’s singles title.

“The Scottish Open is a leading event on the BWF’s Grand Prix circuit so I know there will be some tough, quality opposition facing me here in Glasgow.

“But the fans are always a great source of inspiration and encouragement at the Emirates Arena and I just hope that this year I can reward them with the victory that they want almost as much as I do.”

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: "We are entering a very special period for the sport with two major international events in Glasgow over the next 12 months.

"The Scottish Open Grand Prix is a major tournament in its own right but takes on added significance because it is also the test event for next summer's TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “With now less than a year to go until the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 and just a matter of weeks following the Rio Olympics, we are delighted to bring some of the world’s finest players back to Glasgow.

“Supported by EventScotland, the Scottish Open will allow fans to experience the speed and excitement of top-level badminton and, being hosted at the stunning Emirates Arena, prove that Scotland is the perfect stage for sporting events once more.”

The Scottish Open is one of the leading European tournaments and will once again run for five days, starting on Wednesday, 23 November.

You can purchase tickets from www.badmintonscotland.org.uk or phone 0141 445 1218.

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