World Champion Quarter Final for Somerset player
James Elkin exceeded expectations at the recent World Senior Championships in Sweden, by reaching the quarter finals in the Mens doubles over 50 category. This was the first time James had represented England at any level.
After a bye in the first round, James and his partner Alan Alexander from Luton played a pair from Norway, which they beat 21-15, 21-14. The 3rd round match was against the European Bronze Medallists and 5th seeds from Sweden. The home support gave them a big edge in the first game, which was lost 12-21, but with good advice from the coaches, and overcoming nerves, the English pair played very well to win the next 2 games 21-18, 21-15.
Now into the quarter finals - all other English pairs had been knocked out. And then at the last minute the match was scheduled for the TV court – with it screened live on You Tube throughout the world. The first game started well against a very good Indonesian pair, and they led 11-10 at the first interval, and then 16-14 at one stage. However eventually the Asian's power and consistency starting to win rallies and they lost 21-18, 21-8. The Indonesians went on to beat the top seeds in the semi finals very easily, but lost in the final.