Gail Emms got her badminton ‘comeback’ off to a winning start at the English National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes today.
The 36-year-old 2004 Olympic silver medallist and former world, European and Commonwealth champion teamed up with last year’s mixed doubles runner-up Marcus Ellis to defeat Ben Stawski and Alex Langley in their second-round contest after an opening bye.
But their performance was not without a minor hiccup at the start. Ellis and Emms let slip the opening game as she looked a little rusty before settling down and turning things round 13-21 21-10 21-6.
Emms, who won this mixed doubles title six times with three different partners before retiring after the 2008 Olympics, will now face 2012 champions and the world’s fifth-ranked pair in Chris and Gabby Adcock when the tournament moves to the arena:stadiumMK tomorrow for the quarter and semi-final stages.