Olver eyes All England Open main draw

National champion Heather Olver is bidding for twin success as she aims to qualify for the main draw at the Yonex All-England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham next week.

Eastbourne’s Olver faces qualifying rounds in both the mixed doubles with Chris Langridge and women’s doubles with Kate Robertshaw.

Heather Olver

Heather Olver

Olver and Langridge combined to win last month’s English National Badminton Championships, while the former also reached the final of the women’s doubles, although without regular partner Robertshaw who was injured.

But with Robertshaw now back, Olver is determined to reach the main draw in both her disciplines.

“It is one of the strongest tournaments in the world so that is going to be tough to get through and that is going to be one of our first challenges to get into the main draw,” said the 26-year-old.

“I do have quite high expectations of myself and my partners to perform so I wouldn’t ever just sit back and see what happens - I want to go out and win.

“At the moment mixed is anybody’s game and if me and Chris stay positive and believe in our own game there is no reason we can’t do well.

“It is one of the biggest tournaments in the world and having it in Birmingham is great. It is always a great run tournament.”

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