Fast start to 2013 has Bankier dreaming of Commonwealths

18 May 2013 / 15:01

London Olympian Imogen Bankier insists it is all systems go towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games following an impressive start to her badminton season.

The Scot headed into London 2012 having won a silver medal with mixed doubles partner Chris Adcock at the 2011 World Championships, but the pair failed to make it out of their group in the capital.

However Bankier has gone some way to putting that disappointment behind her as she has already won two titles this year with two new playing partners.

The 25-year-old claimed victory in the French International with mixed doubles partner Robert Blair and also won the French Open with Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva.

Bankier and Blair reached the world’s top ten together back in 2008 and the former admits she is playing with a smile this year.

“Last year was all about the Olympics but now I have a different focus. It’s the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year,” said Bankier, who gave up a law degree to follow her sport and has played full-time for the past six years.

“I’m really enjoying this season. For instance, it’s great to be back playing ladies’ doubles again. It’s like a new challenge.

“Petya and I have had a win, a second and a semi-final and we’re now up to No 74 in the world. I have to get into the top 50 to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.

“It was also good to win again with Robert [Blair] and the whole Scottish set-up is so positive.”

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