• English badminton’s golden years are set to return…


    It has been a decade since Gail Emms lifted the YONEX All England Badminton Championship doubles crown and 11 years since she claimed a silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games. But having witnessed the form and progression of pairing Chris and Gabby Adcock – they claimed Commonwealth Games gold last year in Glasgow – Emms is convinced the golden years are set to return to English badminton.Gail Emms

    Gail Emms

  • Gail Emms plays at English National Championships

    London: Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms is relishing the chance to return to the court for this weekend's English National Badminton Championships although she admits it will be a case of mind over matter as she bids for mixed doubles success.

    Emms claimed mixed doubles silver at Athens 2004 alongside partner Nathan Robertson before announcing her retirement four years later after the Games in Beijing.Gail Emms is one of the hottest female badminton players in the 2000's

    Gail Emms is one of the hottest female badminton players in the 2000's

  • Gail Emms returns to badminton for ten-year anniversary game

    By scott.kirk

    Milton Keynes-based Gail Emms MBE, the Olympic silver medallist, will celebrate her 10-year anniversary of topping the world rankings by taking on the best players in the country later this month.Gail Emms is England's sweetheart of badminton

    Gail Emms is England's sweetheart of badminton

  • England's national badminton league (NBL) to raise standards

    London: Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms insists the new National Badminton League (NBL) is the spark the sport needed to help Great Britain challenge for medals on the global stage.Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson (right)

    Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson (right)

  • Gail Emms’ badminton comeback gets 
off to winning start (pic)

    Gail Emms got her badminton ‘comeback’ off to a winning start at the English National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes today.

    The 36-year-old 2004 Olympic silver medallist and former world, European and Commonwealth champion teamed up with last year’s mixed doubles runner-up Marcus Ellis to defeat Ben Stawski and Alex Langley in their second-round contest after an opening bye.Gail Emms

    But their performance was not without a minor hiccup at the start. Ellis and Emms let slip the opening game as she looked a little rusty before settling down and turning things round 13-21 21-10 21-6.

    Emms, who won this mixed doubles title six times with three different partners before retiring after the 2008 Olympics, will now face 2012 champions and the world’s fifth-ranked pair in Chris and Gabby Adcock when the tournament moves to the arena:stadiumMK tomorrow for the quarter and semi-final stages.

  • Chauncy student Matthew Widdicombe to play in National Badminton event

    CHAUNCY pupil Matthew Widdicombe is one of six Hertfordshire players including ex-Olympian Gail Emms who will be competing in the Senior Nationals Badminton Championship.

    The event starts on Friday February 7 and takes place at two different venues in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.TOP PLAYER: Matthew Widdicombe

    It will be at the National Badminton Centre on Friday and the Stadium MK on Saturday and Sunday.

    It is the first time Widdicombe is competing at the senior nationals.

  • Gail Emms to make a return to badminton (pic)

    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.



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