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Badminton legend Gail Emms to roll back the years at Milton Keynes tournament

Gail Emms in coming out of retirement. Credit: PA

The National Badminton Championships take place in Milton Keynes this weekend, featuring some of the country's best players, and one very familiar face.

Former Great Britain legend Gail Emms is coming out of retirement to play at the event at Stadium MK.

She's partnering Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles.

Gail, who won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with partner Nathan Robertson, says her comeback at her hometown championships has caused a bit of a stir.

"My mum was saying that at her badminton club there was a bit more excitement because they knew I was back playing," she said,

"We should have more of us 'oldies' playing.

"I'd love the tournament to be full of all ex internationals, we've got so many players that are still really good and they're not playing!

"If I can just try and bring those guys back, it's a great experience for the younger ones to play against them as well."

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