Ravenshead’s Chris Adcock eyes debut title win at the National Badminton Championships

WHILE his dented Olympic ambitions will no doubt be on his mind this weekend, Ravenshead ace Chris Adcock is still eyeing a debut title at the National Badminton Championships.

Having installed himself as the favourite to take the mixed doubles – alongside Imogen Bankier – spot for Team GB at London 2012 with World Championship silver, the pair’s quest was dealt a psychological blow last week.

Adcock (22) and Bankier went down to a first round defeat at the Malaysian Open against arch-rivals for the spot, Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.

And while the defeat will have little effect on the world rankings, which will ultimately decide the selection and in which Adcock and co have a nine-spot cushion on Robertson and co, the momentum appears to be with their rivals.

With another pairing, Gabby White and Robert Blair, also snapping at their heels Adcock knows it is events on the global scene that are the priority at present.

However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be going all out to claim a debut national title in Bolton this weekend.

“It is always nice to play at the nationals and I have never actually won a national title so it would be good to go there and get one,” said Adcock.

“It is not a block that you would look at resting up for and targeting as one that you want to do really well in like the All England Open.

“But it is still an important event for me and one that I would like to play well in. I wouldn’t say we would be tailoring any training for it but it is always a good event.

“I have not won a national title yet, but I am still only 22 and when I look at what I have done in my career so far I feel quite good about it.”

With Bankier hailing from north of the border Adcock cannot link up with her in Bolton and will instead play with off-court partner Gabby White, who also normally plays with a Scot, Robert Blair.

But with the duo having previously been an on-court duo Adcock is not concerned about the pairing hitting it off from the word go and upsetting their Olympic selection rivals and reigning champions Robertson and Wallwork.

“Obviously with Imogen (Bankier) being Scottish I will be playing with Gabby White there which is not something that we normally do now, but it would be good to go there and get the win,” he added.

“Last year we hadn’t played together for a while but it all went very well for us there and so hopefully we can gel quite quickly this year.

“Gabby and I are both good enough players and it would be nice to beat Nathan and Jenny.

“It is a shame that Imogen and I can’t play together but I am sure Gabby feels the same about her and Robert.”

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