Heather aims for more glory after national title

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EASTBOURNE’S Heather Olver has already laid one demon to rest in 2013 and she has her sights set on slaying another at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships.

A four-time runner up, Olver finally sealed her first ever English National title with mixed doubles partner Chris Langridge at the start of February in Manchester.

Since then the 26-year-old has been to Moscow where she was part of the England team that scooped bronze at the European Mixed Team Championships.

And with next week’s All England Open in Birmingham Olver, who also plays women’s doubles with Kate Robertshaw, is itching to now prove herself on the international stage.

“In the mixed doubles we are playing really well and I was really pleased with how the Nationals went and winning my first title there, which was great,” said Olver.

“Unfortunately my women’s doubles partner Kate was injured but she is back on court now and hopefully we can make an impact in the next few tournaments including the All England Open. It is one of the best tournaments in the world.

“I really look forward to it each year and hopefully we can make the most of the home crowd.

Olver will face the French pair of Ronan Labar and Laura Choinet in the first of what she hopes will be three rounds of mixed doubles qualifying with Langridge before they can enter the main draw.

In women’s doubles qualifying with Robertshaw, Olver meets Scotland’s Imogen Bankier and Petya Nedelcheva first up.

“It is still exciting with Kate because we are a new partnership and are very much still learning and we have many things to work on and we are taking it one step at a time,” she added.

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