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Kirsty is so thirsty for more medals.

Scotland'S main badminton hope Kirsty Gilmour is keen to get in on the medal-winning act after opening her Games with a hugely impressive victory.

The 20-year-old from Bothwell beat Aussie Verdet Kessler 21-14 21-5 to reach today's last 16.

Gilmour is the secondhighest ranked player in the singles following the withdrawal of defending champion Saina Nehwal and has a great chance of being on the podium.

The youngster was blown away by the incredible support at the Emirates Arena but tried to block out the deafening roars.

She said: "I'll try my best to reward the crowd support but I have to try to block them out sometimes. No offence but I have to stay focused.

"It would mean the world to get a medal here but I am trying not to get ahead of myself. Everyone is brback medals and this huge event for me." There was als" Scottish success in thmen's singles with Kieran Merrilees remaining on course for a quarter-final claswith English training partner Rajiv Ouseph.

The Glaswegian overcame Victor Munof Kenya 21-6 21-7 and said: "It would be tougto play Rajiv. He is a gfriend and has dominated British badminton for years."

Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier also goff to a winning start ithe mixed doubles, beating Malaysians GoWei Shem and Lim Lo Yin 15-21 21-14 21-14.

Blair said: "Once we found their weakness we were able to win it."



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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 31, 2014
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