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Lim armed and ready for the National Badminton Championships

Lim armed and ready for the National Badminton Championships

Alyssa Lim insists the time for talking is over as the Milton Keynes badminton ace puts her new partnership with Center Parcs - supported Team England star Marcus Ellis to the test at the England National Badminton Championships in Manchester at the end of the week.

Despite reaching the semi-final of the women’s doubles last year in Bolton alongside Jess Fletcher, Lim’s mixed doubles assault was one to forget as she and, then partner, James Lauder exited in round two.

But this year’s competition looks set to be different a story for the 22-year-old.

The hopes for the new pairing of Lim and Ellis are high as they begin their charge towards the Rio 2016 Olympics with the England National Badminton Championships on February 1 to 3 – the first real test of the new partnership.

And Lim is adamant she and Ellis are looking to hit the ground running, starting with their assault in Manchester.

“The Nationals is one we obviously want to do well in – I think everyone does because it’s such a big event,” she said.

“The Nationals will be a good starting point to see where we can put ourselves in terms of the national rankings and then we can go on from there and see how well we can do in the world rankings.

“I’ve not done so well in the mixed so hopefully I can change that this year.

“Being in a new partnership with Marcus is exciting and I am hopeful that we can do well together, starting at the Nationals.”

While Lim’s rivals might not know what to expect from her new partnership with Ellis, they know for sure they are in for a fight with the Milton Keynes-based player and Fletcher returning to do battle once again in the women's doubles.

And having reached the semi-final last time out, Lim is intent on going all the way this year.

“Myself and Jessica seem to enjoy the Nationals having reached the semi-finals twice, but we would obviously like to improve on that,” she added.

“Getting that close makes you want to go one better and I certainly think Jess and I can do that, especially considering we are now training together on a weekly basis.”

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