2006 All News
World champions Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms were edged out by Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl in the mixed doubles final at tonight's Copenhagen Masters.
Five of England's most promising young players have been named in the British squad to tackle the badminton event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney from January 17-21.
Andy Wood, who coaches Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, was yesterday named UK Male Coach of the Year.
London 2012 hopefuls Rajiv Ouseph and Michelle Cheung took the singles titles at the ASICS Grand Finals in Bath tonight. David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan won the mixed, Mariana Agathangelou and Gabby White the women's doubles and Chris Tonks and Dean George the men's doubles.
The most extensive sports survey of modern times has revealed badminton to be one of hte 10 most popular sports in the country, and topped the poll of other racket sports.
The Yonex All England Championships will carry a record $200,000 prize fund in March - and already ticket sales are up on last year.