Lim upbeat despite early exit

Buckingham’s Alyssa Lim is upbeat about her future prospects despite a pair of opening day losses at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

Lim and mixed doubles partner Christopher Coles came up against Danish duo Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Ryter Juhl in their first qualifying match.

A slow start saw the pair lose the first set 21-10 at the NIA in Birmingham but they fought back and pushed Kolding and Juhl close in the second, eventually losing 21-18.

Lim was back in action later that evening, this time in the women’s doubles with Sophie Brown, and it was more of the same as they fell to Russians Anastasia Chervaykova and Nina Vislova.

The former Royal Latin student said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t play our best and it got away from us a bit. It was probably a bit of nerves which affect any event in big arenas because we are used to playing in a smaller hall.

“But I think we just need to go back and work on things. It’s not just big events, we need to practice and look at our own game and get more consistent.

“It’s tough to stop good players like that when they get a bit of momentum.”

Despite the losses, Lim’s coach Peter Jeffrey believes she can continue to make progress and has high hopes for her and mixed doubles partner Coles in particular.

“We expose them to tournaments like this to give them experience at that level,” he said. “In a year’s time I hope that they’ll be ranked high enough to be in the main draw, it just takes times to progress.”

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