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8 November 2013 SCOTTISH OPEN

By ELSPETH BURNSIDE Commonwealth Games point of view, Bankier and Robert Blair

THIS season is all about Glasgow 2014. In badminton’s case it is looking good for the home team with a bundle of titles already in the bag even before Scotland’s finest line up at the Scottish Open Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena. Let’s start with Kirsty Gilmour.

The singles is always a tough event, but the Bothwell 20-year-old has already staged a successful defence of the Czech International and she grasped the opportunity to show her talent in front of the Sky TV cameras by making it to the final of the London Grand Prix at the Copper Box in November. She wasn’t finished there, reach-

ing her first Superseries quarter-final at the Yonex French Open at the end of October. Glasgow’s Imogen Bankier, the

2011World Championship silver medallist in the mixed doubles, has continued to shine at the highest level. Partnered by Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva, the Scot has won the Kharkov International, Belgian International and Czech Interna- tional women’s doubles titles already this season And, even better from a


completed a fine double by capturing the Kharkov and Bulgarian International titles. Now they have their eye on recapturing the Scottish Open title they won in 2007. And don’t forget Paul Van

Rietvelde, who back inMay won the Forza Denmark International men’s doubles title. May, of course was when the

latest success story started. The trigger to all these recent wins was a magnificent Sudirman Cup campaign where Scotland finished top of Group Two, just behind the big boys, by being unbeaten all week, defeating higher-ranked opposition in the process. And how about the new boys on

the block?Martin Campbell and PatrickMacHugh won the Bulgarian Eurasia International men’s doubles. Completing the successful

European sweep, Gilmour and Jillie Cooper made it to the final of the Czech International women’s doubles (losing to Bankier and Nedelcheva in the final). Young and old(er) have also made

a mark. Dan Travers, the 1986 Commonwealth Games gold

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