Huddersfield badminton player Marcus Ellis in new mixed doubles pairing

MARCUS ELLIS’ new mixed doubles pairing might not have got off the most auspicious of starts but the Huddersfield badminton ace is confident they can put things right competing at the English National Championships next weekend.

MARCUS ELLIS’ new mixed doubles pairing might not have got off the most auspicious of starts but the Huddersfield badminton ace is confident they can put things right competing at the English National Championships next weekend.

Ellis and new partner Alyssa Lim lost in the first round of Korean Open earlier this month, hardly the ideal debut for the pairing.

But having spent the majority of 2012 playing with Gabby White, who has since moved on to partner her fiancée and British No.1 doubles player Chris Adcock, Ellis knows there needs to be a grace period.

But up in Manchester at the Nationals, to be staged at the National Cycling Centre between Friday (February 1) and Sunday, Ellis is adamant that he and Lim can lay down a marker for 2013.

“Last year I lost in the semi-finals which was frustrating,” he said.

“But this year is quite complicated as everyone will be heading there with new partners again and everyone will be bedding in.

“It will be the same for me and Alyssa but hopefully we can make the most of it and put a marker down ahead of the rest of 2013.

“I think it will be open for that reason and that is exciting. And I don’t see why we can’t challenge.”

After their Korean Open disappointment Ellis and Lim were also in action at the Malaysian Open before returning to home soil for the Nationals.

And Ellis is adamant that he and Lim have learnt a lot about each other in their short time together.

“That was the first time I have been paired with Alyssa and we were playing our first games in Korea and Malaysia so it was always going to be interesting.

“But something we were looking forward to doing and it is an exciting time.

“Playing in the Far East first up gave us a great chance to see where we are in the world by putting ourselves amongst the world’s best players and seeing what we need to improve on.

“Not many people get the chance to test themselves in that sort of environment.”

Tickets for every day of the English National Badminton Championships are available at www.nationalbadmintonchamps.co.uk or call the box office on 08445 811424.

 

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