Friday March 22, 2013
No regrets quitting, says Wallwork
SURABAYA: Doubles specialist Jenny Wallwork has no regrets retiring from active badminton and believes that it was a decision she had to make.
Wallwork, a silver medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, retired last month after a fallout with the England BA.
The 26-year-old, who formed a formidable partnership with Nathan Robertson at their peak, ranked a career best No. 5, however believes that she is not done with the sport yet.
“It was a hard decision retiring, but there was no other choice as I couldn’t agree with my association and the direction it was heading,” said Wallwork. “It was also a shame because I thought my best years were ahead of me and I really wanted to fulfill my potential.”
Wallwork also had a good partnership with Gabrielle White in women’s doubles and was unhappy that the English BA split them.
“But I’m definitely happier now and there’s no regrets. Right now I have nothing planned, but I’m contemplating several ideas ... looking at options between coaching and maybe playing a little more.
“It would also be great to come to Asia to coach and I would certainly be open to more ideas,” said Wallwork, who is currently competing in the US$1mil Axiata Cup, representing Europe All Stars. Wallwork also added that it was great to play alongside Robertson, who also retired last year, once again.
However the pair who last played together in the European Championship last April, did not have the best reunion as they were beaten 15-21, 29-30 by world No. 11 Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo of Singapore.
“It was quite a hard match as I’ve not played competitively in the last six months. But it was certainly fun,” said Wallwork.
“Indonesia is also one of my favourite places to play ... the fans are amazing and the atmosphere is simply electrifying. I certainly believe that Europe needs a competition like the Axiata Cup in order for the sport to be more popular. It’s just a pity that something like this has not been tried before.
“It’s really a great concept because it gets the people involved and I’m lucky to be a part of this,” added Wallwork.