May 2009 All News
England stars look ahead to Hyderabad
BADMINTON England today selected their players to represent England in the World Individual Championships in the Indian city of Hyderabad from August 10-16.
Nine of the players are on Team England duty this week at the Li Ning Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou, China.
The line-up includes 2006 world mixed doubles champion Nathan Robertson (who won gold with Gail Emms) and Madrid runners-up Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. Madrid also provided a men's doubles silver medal for Clark and Robert Blair, who now partners Chris Adcock while Clark is back in partnership with Robertson in a pairing which won silver at the 2004 European Championships in Geneva.
Richard Eidestedt and Andrew Ellis, the only squad members yet to win a senior cap, are among the men's doubles pairs.
The nominations are dependant on Badminton World Federation invitations.
Ian Moss, new Performance Director for GB Badminton and BADMINTON England, said: "We feel the players or pairs selected have the potential to achieve a mimimum of one quarter-final and contribute to the overall performance expectation of at least one medal and three quarter-final placings."
The full squad is:
Andrew Smith (Hants) World Ranking 22
Rajiv Ouseph (Middx) WR 34
Robert Blair (Leics) & Chris Adcock (Notts) WR 15
Andrew Ellis (Yorks) & Richard Eidestedt (Bucks) WR 17
Nathan Robertson & Anthony Clark (both Notts) WR 20
Jenny Wallwork & Gabby White (both Yorks) WR 19
Anthony Clark (Notts) & Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire) WR 6
Robert Blair (Leics) & Imogen Bankier (Scotland) WR 9
Chris Adcock (Notts) & Gabby White (Yorks) WR 22
Nathan Robertson (Notts) & Jenny Wallwork (Yorks) WR 47