Commonwealth hero Gilmour bags Prague title
Kirsty Gilmour, the Commonwealth silver medallist, won her first international title since January when she captured the women’s singles crown at the Prague Open.
The world number 30 beat Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-16 21-14 in the final to win her first title since she successfully defended the Swedish Masters title in January.
Seeded third, she also took the scalps of Denmark’s Mette Poulson and Kristina Gavnholt from the Czech Republic before beating Danish fifth seed Line Kjaersfeldt 21-12 22-20 after trailing 17-20 in the second game.
Gilmour, runner-up at the Belgian International earlier this month, can now set her sights on the Scottish Open in Glasgow in November.
Twins Christopher and Matthew Grimley won the men’s Under-17 doubles title at the Swiss Junior Open in Geneva with a 21-15 22-20 final win over Sweden’s Adam Gozzi and Karl Harrbacka.
David Florence may have won the world title for a second time at Lee Valley earlier this month but his Olympic place is still assured for Rio next year.
Florence is in a strong position but must prove himself all over again at the GB Olympic Trials at Lee Valley next month.
The 33 year-old Scot has 33 ranking points for his triumph at Lee Valley, the same as GB team-mate Ryan Westley.
“Rio selection is going to be a big challenge, but if you can get on and focus on your own performance you have a far better chance of putting down the sort of run you are capable of,” Florence said.
Eilidh Gibson picked up 30 ranking points after finishing fifth in the women’s canoe slalom and will also compete in the trials.
Scotland’s Under-19 lost narrowly 32-28 to Cumbria Under-19s in a challenge match in Barrow.
Scotland were using the match to prepare for games against England in Leith on October 10 and Ireland at Edinburgh University on October 24, which are both sure to provide stern tests.
Scotland lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Standard Division at the European Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Craig Howieson lost 8-11 5-11 5-11 to Rajko Gommers, Chris Wheeler went down 15-17 5-11 6-11 to Ewout Oostwooder and Sean Doherty was beaten 5-11 4-11 3-11 by Laurens Tromer. Doherty was a late replacement for number one Gavin Rumgay, who pulled out of the event at the eleventh hour for personal reasons.
Scotland beat Malta 3-1 and lost 3-1 to Moldova before a 3-0 walkover against Kosovo in their group.
They then beat Azerbaijan 3-0 - Howieson beating Hilal Hasamov 11-9 11-6 11-8, Wheeler beating Khayal Hashimli 12-10 11-9 11-8 and Doherty defeating Jafar Jafarzade 11-7 11-9 11-9 - to set up the clash with the Dutch.
Edinburgh’s Dougie Kempsell just missed out on winning the Prague Open when he lost to number six seed Mark Fuller in a tight final.
The Englishman came from behind to beat the Scottish number three 11-9 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-9.
Kempsell survived a five-game match with Switzerland’s Ben Fischer in the quarter-finals 6-11 11-8 9-11 13-11 15-13 and beat home favourite Jan Koukal, the number two seed, in the semi-finals 11-9 11-7 11-9 after the Czech saved three match balls.
Prague Open. Semi-finals. M Fuller (England) bt S Weenink (Netherlands) 11-2 11-7 11-6; D Kempsell (Scotland) bt J Koukal (Czech Republic) 11-9 11-7 11-9; Final: Fuller beat Kempsell 11-9 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-9.
nAlan Clyne, the Scottish number one, lost in the final round of qualifying at the Netsuite Open in San Francisco when he went down to England’s Tom Richards 11-5 8-11 10-12 3-11.
SILVER SAVIOUR: Gilmour will return to Glasgow for the Scottish Open