Latest Badminton News and Articles

Nathan Robertson going for gold at London 2012 with new partner Jenny Wallwork (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 14 October 2008
Posted by Hits: 761

Nathan Robertson will attempt to win Olympic gold in 2012 with a new mixed doubles partner after announcing a successor to Gail Emms.

Emms retired after the Beijing Games and Robertson will now try to recreate the same on-court chemistry with Jenny Wallwork, a 21-year-old from Bolton, in a bid to win the one medal eluding the 31-year-old. New era: Nathan Robertson will go for 2012 gold with Jenny Wallwork

He said: "It is the end of an era but now it is just a fresh challenge and there is so much to look forward to with Jenny. There are four major tournaments in the next four years and that will end with London 2012 and I definitely want to be part of that."

Robertson, who won the World, Commonwealth, All-England and European mixed doubles with Emms, to go with Olympic silver at Athens in 2004, made his decision after playing several practice matches with Wallwork and believes that the two have similar attributes.

"I want to create that same bond with Jenny as I did with Gail," said Robertson. "I think that definitely will happen but it's not something that will happen instantly.

"She is a very aggressive player and has had a very successful junior career. At my age I don't think I will be looking to change my style a lot so in that respect we should suit each other."

Wallwork, who first represented England aged 12, admitted that it was a dream pairing with London 2012 in mind. She said: "I have only know for the last few weeks and since then I have been really looking forward to starting out. It is a massive opportunity and will be hard work as we Look to progress together as a pair."

She added: "It is everyone's dream to play at the Olympics and I just really hope we get there.

Robertson's previous partner also believes Wallwork's "feisty" nature will work in the new pair's favour. Emms said: "Jenny is a great girl and I think she will go far because of her winning mentality."

Asked what advice she could give to Wallwork and Emms' experience left her in no doubt that it was "not to let him think that he is the boss".

"She is not going to let Nathan off the hook and she will definitely nag him when he needs it. It is a 50-50 thing: Jenny has to hold her own and she has to prove to everyone that she is here to stay and that she deserves this."

Robertson always knew that Emms was retiring after Beijing and the pair had previously talked of options for future partners.

"We joked that he was going to trade me in for a younger model, but we always knew that Jenny was going to be one of his options."


  • No comments found



Google Plus


Replays: Malaysia Open 2015

2015 Malaysia Open Badminton Videos

Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Support Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is one of the greatest badminton players to ev

Yeah baby, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are back!

Kuala Lumpur: Former world No. 1 men's doubles pair Koo Kien

New Zealand Open: Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah reach semis

Auckland: World No. 257 Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah of Malay

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Lin Dan joins torch relay for 2014 Youth Olympics

Nanjing: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was one of

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

Recommended badminton news for you