It is all change for Alyssa Lim at this year’s English National Badminton Championships, but she has retained her determination to climb the top step of the podium this weekend.
Lim, a former student at Buckingham’s Royal Latin School, enjoyed herself at last year’s National Championships, finishing runner-up in the mixed doubles alongside Marcus Ellis while reaching the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with Jessica Fletcher.
But with Fletcher having retired and Ellis moving on to a different pairing, Lim heads into this weekend’s National Championships with two new partners. In the mixed doubles, the 22-year-old teams up with Chris Coles – who she joined forces with last summer – while it will be the relatively untested pairing of Lim and Sophie Brown in the women’s doubles competition.
Lim is seeded third in both events but insists she is not going to let the changes stop her from aiming as high as possible, saying: “Since the last Nationals I have had new partners in both doubles and mixed so it has been a bit of a fresh start for me but they are going well and both partnerships are progressing.
“In doubles my partner stopped playing at the end of last season so that was an enforced change and in the mixed it was about trying out new partnerships to see what works best. It obviously takes a bit of adjustment getting to know your partner on and off the court and seeing what works best but it has been a nice change.
“Results have been steady but progressively getting better and performances have definitely been getting better and we have been challenging people above us.
“In the mixed I was a finalist last year which was a bit of a shock beating Chris and Gabby Adcock but it would be great to do that again.
“It will be tough but there is no reason why we shouldn’t aim for that and I am going there to win, why wouldn’t I?”
In the mixed doubles, Lim and Coles have a bye through the first round due to their high seeding but the duo will likely face the tricky Peter Mills and Jenny Wallwork combination in round two.
You can watch live coverage of the finals on Sunday, February 9, from noon to 5pm at www.badmintonengland.co.uk/tv and tickets are still available at www.nationalbadmintonchamps.co.uk.