Lim beaten on the big National stage
ALYSSA Lim admitted her inexperience may have cost her after she and mixed doubles partner Marcus Ellis lost in the final of the English National Badminton Championships on Sunday.
The 22-year-old and Ellis fell to a 21-14, 24-22 defeat against Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in Manchester. having taken down London 2012 Olympian Chris Adcock and partner Gabby White in the semi-finals.
However, Lim and Ellis threw a number of game points away in the second set of the final and fell to a disappointing defeat to the top seeds. And Lim admitted that it was probably a case of one step too far for the inexperienced pairing.
“I’m disappointed – obviously when you get to a final, you’re there to win, especially with a few games points in the second set,” she said. “We would have like to taken one of them and taken it to a third, and then it is anybody’s game.
“It was a tight game, not many rallies and you could see everyone was nervous. I’m just gutted. There’s a case that we let the occasion get to us. Obviously it is my first final – really pleased to get here – but maybe I let the occasion get to me.
“I didn’t feel I could get involved in the game – I’m disappointed. It was important to get that first game because it can settle your nerves, especially in a final.
“You play these guys in training and you get a lot better games out of it, so it’s a bit of shame for the people watching because it was a bit scrappy. But well done to them.”
Lim and Ellis’ fledgling partnership saw them beaten in the first round at both the Korean and Malaysian Opens recently. But after reaching the English Nationals final, and the women’s doubles semi-final with partner Jessica Fletcher, Lim is confident that there is more to come from her.
Elsewhere Rajiv Ouseph stormed to his sixth successive men’s singles title with a straight sets win over Carl Baxter.
In the women’s singles, Sarah Walker came from a set down to beat Fontaine Chapman, while in the women’s doubles, White and partner Lauren Smith beat Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou.
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