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Boost for English badminton team

01 July 2002

Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms have had a major boost in the run up to the Games by winning their biggest tournament together.

Nathan Robertson

Nathan Robertson in action

The young English mixed doubles partnership defeated a Chinese pair in straight sets in the final of the Malaysian Open.

Nathan and Gail beat Wang Wei and Zhang Ya Wen 11-9, 11-4 to take the Malaysian Open mixed doubles title today (Saturday).

Although the pair have only been playing together for 18 months they took a silver medal at this year's European Championships and won the Dutch Open last year.

Nathan and Gail will be members of Team England's 14-strong badminton squad.

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