Wallwork focused on 2012 spot

21 February 2012 / 15:21

Jenny Wallwork is hoping a good performance at next month's All England Championships will help her and partner Nathan Robertson get back on track in the Olympic race.

Robertson won silver at the Games in Athens in 2004 with former partner Gail Emms but the pair face missing out on their home Olympics.

The rankings of the British teams mean it is almost certain only one pair will qualify to compete in London, and World Championship silver medallists Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock are currently 14th to Wallwork and Robertson's 18th.

"It's been very intense, we're both competing for the same thing," said Wallwork in a British Olympic Association conference call. "Our ultimate goal is to get to the Olympics, it's always been my dream to compete in an Olympics. It is a hard situation to be in."

The rivalry spilled over into a row between Wallwork and Bankier on Twitter earlier this month, for which both have since apologised.

Wallwork said: "It's all behind us. It was just some jokey messages that went too far. I'll definitely carry on tweeting, I do think it's a great network, it was taken out of context. Now we've just got to focus on trying to qualify."

With the highest-ranked pair in the first week of May set to be given the nod for the Olympics, time is running out for Wallwork and Robertson to overhaul their rivals.

Wallwork is confident the pressure will not prove too much and is optimistic a good draw at the All England Championships, which start in Birmingham on March 6, will help their cause.

The 25-year-old from Bolton said: "At the start of qualification I felt the pressure more. That's where Nathan's experience really came in. I felt like I had to do well in every tournament. I just need to concentrate on myself. It's all about how we play and our performances.

"Every tournament we play is huge now to get the wins and the points we need. It's only a case of a couple of rounds. We want to pull these good draws if we can and progress to the latter rounds."

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