Badminton ace Bankier looking for 11th title

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Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier will be looking to extend her number of titles beyond 11 when the Yonex Scottish National Badminton Championships kick-off at Perth’s Bell Sports Centre at the end of the month.

The former world mixed doubles silver medallist will partner Robert Blair in the mixed doubles as the players looks to add the National title to their Scottish Open Grand Prix success. Blair, also a former world silver medallist, has never won the National mixed doubles title but Bankier has won it seven years in a row – six times with Watson Briggs and once, in 2011, with Longniddry’s Paul Van Rietvelde.

Van Rietvelde will provide the main opposition in partnership with Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper while also partnering Blair in the men’s doubles.