Saturday 19 August 2017
Exactly a year ago, Chris Langridge was in the midst of Rio celebrations, just days after winning Olympic bronze alongside men’s doubles partner Marcus Ellis. Little did he know it was the start of a rollercoaster year, with a mixed bag of results on court before he and his wife welcomed twin daughters two months ago.
After a short break from training, in which Ellis got married, they are back with a vengeance and determined to show what they do best.
They’re hoping to do just that at the TOTAL BWF World Championships in Glasgow, where they are seeded 14th and have received a bye in the first round.
At the last edition of the championships, in Jakarta two years ago, they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.
But since then, they have more than proven themselves as one of the best pairs in the business, and they are only too confident that, on their day, they can deliver a medal-winning performance.
“Winning an Olympic medal was incredible,” said Langridge. “I then went on my honeymoon, which was also incredible, before we found out my wife was pregnant with twins, and that was scary!”
“That’s what my life has been for the past year, with lots of tournaments inbetween. We’ve had some good performances and some not-so-good performances.
“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, but hopefully it’s going to steady the ship a little bit now. It’s been a good 12 months and I’ve learnt a lot about myself and what I can achieve in badminton.
“We have trained hard and trained well. I think the most important thing for us, which we have highlighted a few times, is our level.
“We can be quite good, we reached the quarter-finals at the last Worlds in 2015, and then we got a medal at the Olympics, winning some tournaments on the way and beating the current world number ones.
“But at times, we haven’t played to our own level. I honestly believe if we play well, anything is achievable.
“We are still finding ways to combat those problems as they arise, and it’s how we deal with them that judges how well we perform.”
Three years ago, when the Commonwealth Games came to Glasgow, Langridge made regular appearances on the podium, winning mixed doubles and mixed team silver, as well as men’s doubles bronze.
It’s an arena he’s all too familiar with, and he can’t wait to take to court in front of a largely British crowd once again.
“Playing on home soil means you know what you’re getting,” he said.
“We’ve played in Scotland quite a few times and it’s the same arena that the Commonwealth Games were in.
“BADMINTONscotland do put on a good event, so I have faith that this tournament will be great and hopefully, we’ll have some people cheering for us in the crowd.”
The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 will be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August. Tickets available here.
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