Chris ready for All England challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:45 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 04 March 2015

Chris Coles.

Chris Coles.

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Clevedon badminton player Chris Coles is ready to challenge at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships.

CLEVEDON’S Chris Coles insists he is finally ready to deal with the pressure at next week’s Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships as he bids to make it third time lucky in Birmingham.

The championships get underway at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on March 3, with Coles once again having to negotiate qualifying to make the main draw.

It is all change for Coles this year with Paul Van Rietvelde and Sophie Brown his doubles partners, but the 22-year-old is adamant he has learnt to deal with everything the first Superseries Premier event of 2015 will throw at him.

“The Yonex All England is certainly one of the first tournaments I look at on the calendar,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to play it the last couple of years and it’s just like the equivalent of Wimbledon for tennis.

Although this will be the first time Coles and Brown have teamed up at the championship, the pair are certainly not strangers to one another.

They were victorious in the Yonex Welsh International in December after overcoming Germany’s Max Weisskirchen and Eva Janssens in the final, and Coles has no concerns heading to Birmingham.

“Your ultimate goal has to be to get into the main draw because I don’t play to lose. If you get the chance to play someone world class then you have to take it, you can’t go in scared and waste your opportunity because it might only happen a few times a season.”

Tickets for the Yonex All England 2015 at the stunning new Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham are available at allenglandbadminton.com or call the box office on 0844 444 9994.


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