England'sNathan Robertson suffered double disappointment when he missed out on the semi-finals of both the mixed and men’s doubles at the Proton Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Robertson and partners Jenny Wallwork and Anthony Clark had battled their way to both quarter-finals in one of the main tournaments at the start of this Commonwealth Games year.
Robertson and Wallwork went down 21-11, 23-21 to Danish world champions Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl in the mixed doubles quarters.
Then in the men’s doubles seventh seeds and Singapore Open winners Robertson and Clark were beaten by Malaysian top seeds Koo Kean Keat and Tan Boon Heong 21-12 23-25 21-11.
Now Robertson and Clark return home to prepare for the English National Championships at Manchester Velodrome from February 5-7 when they defend their men's doubles title and vie for the mixed title which Clark has won for the last three years and Robertson four times before that.
Robertson and Clark were both members of the England teams that won team gold at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. Robertson also won mixed doubles gold in Melbourne, partnering the now retired Gail Emms, while Clark won bronze in the men’s doubles with Robert Blair.
England finished second to Malaysia in the badminton medals table at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games with two golds, a silver and two bronzes.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. They will feature 17 sports - archery, aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming & diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games England is entering a breath-taking four years of sport.
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