Olver and Langridge will team up for shot at title

Heather Olver
Heather Olver

Heather Olver insists she is now ready to show the rest of the world what she is made of ahead of the 2014 Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships.

The days of qualifying for the main draws in major tournaments appear to be a thing of the past for Olver as he doubles partnerships with Kate Robertshaw and Chris Langridge continue to flourish.

In the women’s doubles Olver and Robertshaw sit 29th in the world rankings while she and Langridge are as high as 16th in the mixed.

This means that for next week’s All England Championships at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena 27-year-old Olver finds herself in the main draw already for both events.

Waiting for Olver are Malaysians Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon in the women’s doubles, while there is a Thailand test in the mixed.

But Olver admits it is about time the rest of the world felt her wrath as she bids to take her domestic prowess on to the international stage.

“The All England is a brilliant tournament and it is so good to have such a big competition on home soil,” said Olver.

“It means you don’t have to travel too far and you get great support because normally at the big tournaments the crowd are supporting the other players more than you.

“But this is the year where I really want make a mark on the competition because while it is a great tournament to be involved in, it is all about doing well and having success at the end of the day.

“My partnership with Chris is going really well right now and so is my partnership with Kate even though it is still relatively new.

“We are in a position where we are now going into the main draw for the big competitions which is great, but it is about making the most of that now and showing we belong there.”

Olver will head to Birmingham off the back of reaching the finals of both the women’s and mixed doubles events at the English National Badminton Championships earlier this month.

And although she had to settle for runner-up on both occasions, she is convinced she didn’t leave Milton Keynes empty handed.

“Of course I would have loved to have won at the National Championships but it was all about going there and finding out what we need to work on for the rest of the year,” Olver added.

“And that is exactly what we did. We have a better understanding of the tweaks we need to make in order to improve and I am confident I can do that in both partnerships.”

Tickets for the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the NIA in Birmingham are available at www.allenglandbadminton.com or call the box office on 0844 444 9994