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Emms back with low expectations

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms will briefly come out of retirement this weekend to compete in the English National Championships.

Emms, who retired after the 2008 Beijing Games, has decided to participate in the women's and mixed doubles following the championships' move to her home town of Milton Keynes.

The 36-year-old will partner Ella Tripp and Marcus Ellis in the two events, but stresses she is only playing for fun and has no serious plans for a comeback.

Emms said: "I'm back on court 'attempting' to play.

"I'm running around like a headless chicken. I had a baby nine months ago, I've had no time to practise.

"I can get it over the net, that's a good start, and I can see what to do - but my body just goes, 'Er, no!'.

"If it goes well I'll be in shock. If we win it'd be a fluke!"

Emms was talked into playing by Tripp, whom she first played alongside at the Nationals 20 years ago.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of her most famous achievement, when she won mixed doubles silver with Nathan Robertson at the Athens Olympics.

At Milton Keynes, world number five pair Chris and Gabby Adcock will be favourites to reclaim the mixed doubles title they won in 2012.

England's men's singles number one Rajiv Ouseph will bid for a seventh consecutive title at the Arena at stadiummk.