DUNFERMLINE badminton starlet Brooke Stalker admits she's love to emulate her late uncle and take to the Commonwealth Games court.

But, while the 13-year-old says she's "got expectations" of what she'd like to achieve in the sport, she's not looking too far ahead after continuing a memorable year at last week's Scottish Open competition.

Brooke, the niece of 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Russell Hogg, who passed away seven years ago aged 44 after a brave battle with cancer, teamed-up with Lisa Curtin to compete in the women's doubles at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

The pair lost out in the first round to Sweden's Clara Nistad and Moa Sjoo 6-21, 2-21, but Brooke remains upbeat after a highly successful 12 months on the court.

After being feted as Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council's Young Sports Person of the Year award in February, she went on to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish National Under-17 Junior Badminton Championships' singles, and as runner-up in the doubles and mixed doubles, and win doubles and mixed doubles gold, and singles bronze, at the Under-15 Bulgaria International.

Brooke also enjoyed medal success in Finland, was selected by Badminton Scotland for the Under-17 European Championships in Poland, and was offered a badminton scholarship package to study at The Webber Independent School, in Milton Keynes, which boasts a number of England's top junior players.

"Me and Lisa are trying this out as a new partnership for now – we thought we'd enter here and just see how we got on," she explained.

"It's going well – this is our first tournament we've played together, although we've played a lot in training, and it's definitely a partnership that could continue into the future.

"All my family played badminton, and my uncle was obviously in the Commonwealth Games, so I was kind of just brought up with it. I'm trying to follow in his footsteps.

"I'm trying to get there like he did, but I'm only 13 though, so it's alright at the moment."

She added: "Although my uncle passed away, my mum and auntie play as well so they’re always giving me advice.

"I've got expectations of what I want to do in the future but I’m just seeing how it goes right now.

"But I know my uncle would be so proud if I was to follow in his footsteps and reach a Commonwealth Games like he did."

The Scottish Open Badminton Championships was staged at the Emirates Arena by Badminton Scotland with support from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, and Yonex. Full results are at www.tournamentsoftware.com.