Third time’s a charm, but Kirsty Gilmour insists luck had nothing to do with her victory in the Scottish Open Grand Prix after twice finishing runner-up.
The top seed defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt 23-21 21-12 to become the first Scottish women’s singles champion since Susan Egelstaff in 2009.
The pair went toe to toe in the first game, with neither opening up a lead of more than two points, but Gilmour streaked ahead in the second.
And the Scot explained that she did not leave anything to chance in her bid to reach the top step of the podium at her home tournament.
“It is difficult to put into words, I keep hearing the phrase ‘third time lucky’ but I really made sure it was nothing to do with luck,” she said.
“I have struggled to get in sync and I have struggled to put good passages of play together in this tournament.
“It has been a bit scrappy so for us to figure each other out in the first game and for me to pip Mia to the post and then pull away in the second game could not have happened at a better time.
“I know I am prone to lapses in concentration perhaps but that was not a factor today.”
In the men’s singles, Toby Penty claimed his third tournament win of the year, defeating France’s Lucas Corvee 21-14 24-22 and dedicating the win to Dutch player Erik Meijs, who passed away last week.
The Englishman looked in control in the first game, but was made to work hard by Corvee in the second, coming from 20-18 down to clinch victory.
“It is pretty amazing, at the start of the week I certainly did not expect to go all the way and win it. It is just an unbelievable feeling and I had goosebumps at the end,” he said.
“The crowd were great with me today, I did not know what to expect with the whole Scotland and England rivalry and I was wearing all white so I did not help myself!
“But they were really good to me and fed off me and gave me that little lift to get through the end because he was tired and I was tired. I did not want to play a third.”
Selena Piek found herself on top of the podium twice after winning both the women’s and mixed doubles event.
She and Cheryl Seinen came for a game down to defeat Russia’s Amalie Magelund and Freja Ravn 15-21 21-15 21-11.
Piek later took to court with Jacco Arends and the duo dismantled Denmark’s Mikkel Mikkelsen and Mai Surrow, winning 21-10 21-10.
And the Dutch invasion of the Emirates Arena continued as the Netherlands’ Jacco Arends and Ruben Jille took on Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling in the men’s doubles final.
With the pairs seeded seventh and eighth, it looked as if it would be a tight match but Maas and Tabeling ran away with a 21-11 21-15 victory.
Full results are at www.tournamentsoftware.com.
The Scottish Open Grand Prix was staged at the Emirates Arena by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.