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Category: Badminton News Published: 25 January 2014
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Olympic silver-medallist Gail Emms will compete in the National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes next month.

Emms will partner three-times champion Ella Tripp in the women’s doubles draw, as well as current England international and 2013 finalist Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles event.Gail Emms

World number five pair, Chris and Gabby Adcock, lead the nation’s big names who will be heading for the arena: stadiummk next month for the first English National Championships to be held at stadium:mk on February 8 and 9.

Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph will be chasing an amazing seventh men’s singles title in a row as a host of champions past and present bid to leave their mark on the tournament.

Toby Penty will be trying to end Ouseph’s reign, and lead’s England’s rising young stars like Rhys Walker, Sam Parsons and Alex Lane into action.

In the women’s singles Sarah Walker of Essex will defend the title she won for the first time last year but runner-up Fontaine Chapman is the highest-ranked entry.

Adrian Christy, Chief Executive of Badminton England, said: “We are really looking forward to the National Championships next month, particularly as it’s being held in Milton Keynes in our ‘home’ town for the first time.

“The very best players in the country will be on show along with many of our up and coming young talent. And with Gail making a Nationals comeback, there promises to be lots of intriguing matches and thrilling badminton in store for everyone to enjoy.”

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