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Just the ticket as Kirsty leads the Scottish Open challenge
Posted on 22 Sep 2015
Tags: Emirates Sports Arena
Kirsty Gilmour will return to the scene of her Commonwealth Games silver medal success when she leads the home challenge at the Scottish Open Grand Prix at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in eight weeks – and you can be there to cheer her on in her title challenge after tickets went on sale today at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk.
Gilmour, who was runner-up at the 2013 Scottish Open and a semi-finalist last year, will be among the favourites for the women’s singles title over the five days of competition from November 18-22.
The Scottish No.1, who is leading the race to represent GB in women’s singles at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, has already retained her Swedish Masters title this year and has just finished runner-up at the Yonex Belgian International.
Gilmour, who turned 22 yesterday said: “I have come close at the last two Scottish Opens and I enjoy playing in front of my home crowd so I will be going all out to make a big impression this time round.
“Playing in front of passionate crowds at the Emirates Arena will be a big boost for all the Scotland players competing in November but the Scottish Open is a great opportunity for badminton fans to see some of the game’s top players in action. It’s a great event and a great arena.”
The Scottish Open is part of the Badminton World Federation’s Grand Prix circuit and is extra special this year as it will be the centrepiece of BADMINTONscotland’s celebrations to mark 25 years of Royal patronage by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, who will be attending the finals.
Tickets went on sale today at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk and BADMINTONscotland are offering an early bird discount for fans who book between now and October 18.
BADMINTONscotland anticipate that more than 250 players from all over the world will converge on Glasgow for the Scottish Open with many of them eager to get a feel for the Arena in the countdown to the 2017 TOTAL BWF World Championships.
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It is a really exciting time for the sport in Scotland and we have so much to look forward to. None of this would be possible without the strong support we receive from Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and all our other key partners and we are so grateful for their continued backing.
“We are also so fortunate to have such a dedicated and passionate Patron in His Royal Highness and we look forward to welcoming him to the Championships once again.”
During Championships week BADMINTONscotland will be staging their renowned Play Badminton Festivals for primary school pupils keen to get started in the sport. The youngsters will enjoy expert coaching and also have a chance to watch some of the top-class action.
As a bonus, secondary school children are invited to apply for FREE tickets to watch the badminton over the first three days of the tournament.
The schedule for the 2015 Scottish Open Grand Prix is:
Wednesday, Nov 18 (9am-10pm): Qualifying and men’s singles 1st round
Thursday, Nov 19 (10am-9pm): Men’s singles 2nd rd; 1st round of the other events
Friday, Nov 20 (10am-8pm): Last 16 and quarter-finals of all events
Saturday, Nov 21 (Noon-6pm): Semi-finals
Sunday, Nov 22: 10-30am-12-30pm – 2 finals; 1.30pm-5pm: 3 finals.
To book tickets or for more information go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk
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