Birch in revenge mission

Badminton ace Chloe Birch
Badminton ace Chloe Birch
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PRESTON’S Chloe Birch admitted revenge was on her mind as she helped Loughborough Sports to a 4-1 victory over Team Derby in the AJ Bell National Badminton League on Monday night.

Loughborough Sport were beaten in the inaugural AJ Bell NBL final by Team Derby back in June but they managed to exert some payback in this season’s league fixture between the sides at the Sir David Wallace Arena.

Birch, a sports science student at Loughborough University, played her part in the win as she beat one of the stars of last week’s AJ Bell NBL fixtures, the 15-year-old Grace King, in straight games, 9-3 9-4 9-1.

And the 20-year-old said: “I am really pleased with the win.

“Grace is a young player going out there with no fear and really wanting to do well so I just needed to use my experience and dominate the game, which I feel I did.

“It’s really good to get a winning streak going in the singles.

“Obviously, last year I played women’s doubles and it was a bit of a strange experience in the first match night going out there on my own.

“But I am enjoying getting the wins for Loughborough Sport because last year we didn’t do so well in the women’s singles so it is really good to get something on the board knowing it contributed to a win.

“Obviously in our team talk we said wanted revenge and that is what we have gone out there to do.

“They are a very good team but we played really well and now we are in a great position, far better than what we were in last year.”

Birch now plans to have some time off over Christmas before building towards the nationals in February, with only one other competition, in Iceland a week before.

“Since I was 15 years old I’ve reached the quarter-finals every year and last year I was able to make the semi-finals which I was happy with,” Birch added.

“But this year I have matured a lot in my game and we are really looking to stamp our authority and I want to show I can play two events [singles and women’s doubles] and hopefully that is two finals and two winner’s trophies.”

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