Olympic24: Adams chasing more history, Murray into quarters

Olympic24: Adams chasing more history, Murray into quarters

02 June 2015 / 07:42

Olympic champion Nicola Adams wants to add to legacy while Andy Murray makes steady progress at Roland Garros. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Nicola Adams gears up for Baku but has one eye on Olympic double
  • Andy Murray beats France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 to set up quarter-final clash with David Ferrer at French Open
  • Britain’s badminton players set to get their Indonesian Open charge under way
  • Kelly Sibley can’t wait to be part of inaugural European Games
  • Rachael Vanderwal optimistic about Britain’s EuroBasket chances
  • Scott Brash on course for Grand Slam

History girl Adams targets Baku success on road to Rio

It’s all about making history for Olympic champion Nicola Adams who is determined to add to her legacy this month.

Adams is set to box at the inaugural European Games in Baku and, as well as a big performance in Azerbaijan, she admits she has one eye on adding more Olympic gold to her collection in Rio.

"To be a double Olympic champion is definitely my main goal and we have never had one in GB for boxing so I would love to be that person and make history again," she said at Team GB's kitting out in Birmingham.

"The European Games are exciting, it's the first of its kind and another chance for me to make history again to be the first female boxer to box in the European Games.”

Murray earns chance to avenge Ferrer defeat after downing Chardy

Andy Murray faces a stern test against David Ferrer in the French Open quarter finals after seeing off Jeremy Chardy in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Ferrer beat Murray at the same stage of the competition in 2012 and the Scot has never beaten the Spaniard on clay.

But Murray knows that if he wants to reach his first final at Roland Garros then he will need to beat the best in the business.

“It obviously gets tougher every match,” he said. “David Ferrer is someone I’ve never won against on clay before and I’ve lost to him at the French Open once so I’m going to have to play great tennis to win against him. He’s a fantastic player.” Read more here.

Badminton stars get set for Indonesian Open

Britain’s badminton stars will face the final test of a month abroad when they line up for the Indonesian Open.

After competitions in China and Australia the squad are now in Jakarta with Rajiv Ouseph lining up against Takuma Ueda before a likely meeting with Chen Long in the second round.

Kirsty Gilmour has been handed a tough draw against defending champion Li Xuerui while Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis take on Gi Jung Kim and Kim Sa Rang.

For Chris and Gabby Adcock there is a match against home hopefuls Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir while Heather Olver and Lauren Smith go against Japan’s Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda.

Sibley aiming high at European Games

Kelly Sibley has her eyes on a podium finish as the countdown to this month’s inaugural European Games gathers pace.

Sibley has appeared at Olympic, Commonwealth Games, and European and World Championships although her outing in Azerbaijan will be a step into the unknown.

“I’m really excited for Baku. It’s the first European Games and so we’re all going to be a part of history,” she said.

“Training has been going really well and hopefully I can give some good performances.

“A medal would be the main goal, I have worked hard and hopefully I can deliver.” Read more here.

Vanderwal upbeat ahead of EuroBasket

London 2012 Olympian Rachael Vanderwal insists Great Britain can cause an upset or two at this month’s EuroBasket finals in Hungary and Romania despite a winless build-up.

Last week saw the team lose all three of their warm-up games to Spain, Canada and Poland but Vanderwal insists confidence remains high, with the competition running from June 11-28.

“I think our experience from the Olympics will definitely help us. We could have come out of the Olympics with one or two wins,” she said.

“But we’ve done really well over the last couple of years and we’ve proved that we can compete with the best teams in Europe.

“We’ve beaten the likes of Serbia, Croatia, Latvia before who are all in our group. Every game is going to be really tough but hopefully we can come together at the right time.”

Brash on target for bumper bonus

Scott Brash insists he is not getting carried away despite taking another step closer to a treble of showjumping wins which would see him pocket one million euros.

The world number one is the first rider to ever win two of the three legs of the Rolex Grand Slam, with Sunday’s Aachen victory on board Hello Sanctos adding to his previous win in Geneva.

"It will be amazing to be able to do it, although it will be very difficult,” said Brash, who will attempt the treble in Calgary in September.

"What makes Aachen so special is the crowd, to jump in front of 45,000 people that are also very knowledgeable, is great for us riders and brings out the best in us."

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