Matt’s out to make amends for fi­nal miss

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BAD­MINTON BEN YOUNG

HE MAY have failed to make the fi­nal at the re­cent Na­tional Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships but Mac­cles­field’s Matthew Not­ting­ham is a man des­per­ate to right those wrongs in Birm­ing­ham next month.

Not­ting­ham, who was play­ing along­side his part­ner Har­ley Towler in the men’s dou­bles, was dumped out at the semi-fi­nal stage of the Na­tional Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month by Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden.

But all is not lost for the 23-year-old as next up is the YONEX All Eng­land Open Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships, with the world’s best play­ers de­scend on Birm­ing­ham be­tween March 8-13.

And de­spite still need­ing to qual­ify for the main draw, Not­ting­ham is de­ter­mined to make his mark.

“We were both a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed with the Na­tion­als,” said Not­ting­ham. “It was our se­cond tour­na­ment back since Har­ley Towler has come back from in­jury.

“We def­i­nitely wanted to make the fi­nal for sure and win a ti­tle like last year but it just didn’t go our way.

“In train­ing it’s grad­u­ally get­ting bet­ter when we’re on court to­gether. It’s about get­ting as many tour­na­ments in as we can and get­ting to know each other again.

“I’ve played at the YONEX All Eng­land be­fore and it’s such as great tour­na­ment to be in­volved in – we want to be play­ing at the event again.

“It’s great to play in that sort of arena and get the op­por­tu­nity to play against top pairs. We played the top Chi­nese pair last year, and in the nor­mal tour­na­ments we play we are bet­ter than any­one. It’s a chance to play the top pairs and re­ally test our­selves. We want to get some big wins.

“This year we’re qual­i­fy­ing again so the aim is to get through into the main draw and get a shot at an­other top pair.”

De­spite his re­cent dis­ap­point­ments at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Not­ting­ham in­sists he won’t be tak­ing his eye off the ball in the com­ing weeks.

The young Bri­tish star is de­ter­mined to take his place in the main draw and ad­mits the mo­ti­va­tion to com­pete along­side the world’s best play­ers and play in front of a par­ti­san crowd is a huge car­rot to suc­ceed.

“The crowd def­i­nitely makes a big dif­fer­ence, but also hav­ing your friends and fam­ily there and ev­ery­one cheer­ing for you,” he added.

“There’s not just a se­lect few, it’s ev­ery sin­gle per­son that wants you to win. It spurs you on a lot more and it’s a great feel­ing.”

Watch the world’s best play­ers at the YONEX All Eng­land Open Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships at Birm­ing­ham’s Bar­clay­card Arena from 8-13 March. For tick­ets visit al­leng­land­bad­minton. com

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