• National Badminton: Sarah Walker wary of being 'target' (pic)

     Defending singles champion Sarah Walker feels her England team-mates will target her at the National Badminton Championships this weekend.

    Walker, 24, is the highest ranking female English player in the world at 72nd, and will be the top seed at the women's tournament in Milton Keynes.The main training centre is in Milton Keynes so a lot of us train together

    "Anyone who wins the nationals is there to be shot down," she told BBC Essex.

    "I'm playing quite well at the minute but nationals are always a tough one mentally, for everyone I think."

    She added: "You're kind of turning against your teammates and playing against everyone that you train with.

  • 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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