Olympic Games - Langridge excited by new partner

Chris Langridge went back into the unknown in September as he started playing mixed doubles again and he believes the uncertainty of the situation can bring the best out of him.

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Chris Langridge, England (PA Sport)

As part of a number of changes made by GB Badminton following the London 2012 Olympics, the 27-year-old was partnered with Heather Olver in the mixed doubles.

Langridge hadn't played mixed doubles for over a year although that has appeared to affect him little with the new partnership with Olver flourishing in their six tournaments together.

They were runners-up in the Belgian International first time out and then won the Czech International, while in their last outing they lost in the final of the Welsh International.

Langridge hasn't neglected his men's doubles partner Peter Mills and, while fearful of what will eventually happen, he believes the changes introduced have helped raise his own game.

"It has been a very busy past few months but I think it has gone well overall for me. For the most part I have played well and feel fairly positive," said Langridge.

"I have only been playing mixed doubles for a few months and I had a few appearances and things have been going how they should with Heather.

"We are still very new and we are getting used to each other and learning more about mixed doubles. We can celebrate our successes but we need to do it more often.

"It is exciting but also scary because we don't know how well we will do. We have hit the ground running, which is also quite important with a new partnership."

Langridge's positive start with Olver hasn't affected his already established partnership with Mills with the two enjoying a similar amount of success as the year draws to a close.

Like with Olver, Langridge won the Czech International with Mills after reaching the semi-finals of the Belgian International while they were losing finalists at the Bitburger Open.

Langridge admits that it has been tough juggling the two but, with success currently forthcoming on both fronts, he is adamant he can manage it to ensure results don’t drop off.

"The schedule is tough because you want to keep your level up but it is fatiguing mentally. It is hard to balance the schedule when we want to do well at each one," he added.

"That is difficult when you play so many tournaments but we have played to a reasonable level and one that is respectable to us.

"There are not that many players that play two events and there is no reason why we can't do that."

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