Chris and Gabby Adcock, England’s top pairing, raced to their fourth English National Championship title together at the University of Derby Sports Centre on Sunday.
The Adcocks beat Chris Coles and Sophie Brown 21-11, 21-11 as Gabby racked up her ninth national career doubles title on a finals’ day which saw six Yorkshire players in action.
After their 28-minute win, the Adcocks then focused their attentions on next month’s YONEX All England Championships at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, the first major Superseries event of the year.
Chris said: “We just want to go there and play well. We know there’s some great pairs out there, but we also know if we play well and do our best we’ve got a great shot.
“We’ll take it one round at a time, but it would be nice to be involved on the Sunday, that’s for sure.”
It means everything, says Chapman
Warwickshire’s Fontaine Chapman, meanwhile, won her first national women's singles title after two previous finals' defeats thanks to an authoritative 21-15, 21-16 victory over second-seeded Chloe Birch.
Chapman said: “Finally winning the National Championships means everything to me.
“It’s a title that every badminton player wants to have, ever since I was a little girl I've always wanted to win the Nationals and I finally did it third time lucky, so I think it’s put that to bed now as I fought a few demons out there. I can’t believe I've actually done it."
Ouseph: Nationals are a big goal
Favourite Rajiv Ouseph won his eighth title as England’s top men's singles player ousted debutant finalist Alex Lane 21-10, 21-9.
"It's been quite good to me this tournament! I don’t think it gets any easier, it’s been different every time but I think it’s just as exciting winning my eighth as it was winning my first one," said a delighted Ouseph.
“For me it’s still a very big goal for me to win the Nationals. It shows who is the best in England and hopefully the future generations will see it as just as important so that legacy will carry on in years to come.”
Lane, who beat second seed Toby Penty in the semis, followed his mother, Sue Louis, as a national finalist. His mother won two consecutive women’s Nationals singles' titles in 93-94.
Women's doubles: Olver and Smith battle to title
Meanwhile, Heather Olver and Lauren Smith had to come from behind to beat the all-Yorkshire duo of Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw, the second seeds, as they retained their title. It was Smith’s fourth title in a row.
“It was a good battle," admitted Smith. "We knew that we are fit and strong and can play three sets so we just had that belief in ourselves at the right time so I’m really pleased that we managed to do it.
“It’s great to retain the title, it’s obviously always a huge honour and it’s really nice as well because our family can come and watch because we don’t play much in England now so it’s great to have them in the crowds."
Retaining title was pivotal, says Langridge
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge also claimed their second men’s doubles title together following a 21-15, 21-11 victory over Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden.
"We were under pressure to win because we were the top seeds and Tom and Peter have been playing well recently so we’re both really pleased," said Langridge.
“We really wanted to be national champions. We experienced it last year and wanted to win again this year."
XD: Chris & Gabby Adcock beat Chris Coles & Sophie Brown 21-11, 21-11
WS: Fontaine Chapman beat Chloe Birch 21-15, 21-16
MS: Rajiv Ouseph beat Alex Lane 21-10, 21-9
WD: Heather Olver & Lauren Smith beat Sophie Brown & Kate Robertshaw 19-21, 21-18, 21-7
MD: Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge beat Peter Briggs & Tom Wolfenden 21-15, 21-11
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