• 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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