|Birth name||Gail Elizabeth Emms|
23 July 1977 |
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Mixed & Women's Doubles|
|Highest ranking||1 (in XD)|
Her best results were winning gold at the 2006 World Championships in Madrid, 2004 European Championships in Geneva, and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, partnering Nathan Robertson in the mixed doubles. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester she won a bronze medal with Joanne Goode in the women's doubles and won gold as part of the England team in the mixed team event. She also took the World Badminton Grand Prix title in 2003 with Nathan Robertson. In the English National Badminton Championships she won the mixed doubles three times and the women's doubles twice.
A badminton player since the age of four, Emms was first chosen to represent England in 1995 and regularly played for her country until her retirement. She attended the Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford, a private girls' school. In 1998 she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Kingston University. She is sponsored by badminton equipment company Wilson.
2004 Summer Olympics Athens
Emms competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Donna Kellogg. They defeated Koon Wai Chee and Li Wing Mui of Hong Kong in the first round but were defeated by Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili of China in the second round.
She also competed in mixed doubles with Robertson. They had a bye in the first round and defeated Björn Siegemund and Nicol Pitro of Germany in the second. In the quarterfinals, Emms and Robertson beat Chen Qiqiu and Zhao Tingting of China 15-8, 17-15 to advance to the semifinals. There, they beat Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark 15-6, 15-12. In the final, they lost to the Chinese pair Zhang Jun and Gao Ling 15-1, 12-15, 15-12 to finish with the silver medal.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games brought Emms a Silver in the team event, a Bronze in the women's doubles (with Donna Kellogg) and a Gold in the mixed doubles (with Nathan Robertson). An additional gold together with Robertson followed at the 2006 IBF World Championships.
2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing
Emms then went on to win her first match in the mixed doubles with Nathan Robertson against the Chinese world number 2 pair. Emms and Robertson won the first game 21-16 before Gao Ling and her new partner Zheng Bo hit back to win the second 21-16.
The British duo found themselves 12-17 down in the decider only to recover to win 21-19.
Emms has appeared on the sports-based panel show A Question of Sport.
On 6 March 2014, she appeared on Sport Relief's Top Dog with her dog Raffa, a Westie. They won their heat and went on to compete against Jenni Falconer in the semi-final on 20 March. They made it through to the final, where they competed against Sally Gunnell and ended up winning the whole competition.
Emms gave birth to her first child, Harry, in March 2010. Emms gave birth to her second child, Oliver, in May 2013.
Record against selected opponents
- Chen Qiqiu & Zhao Tingting 3-4
- Zhang Jun & Gao Ling 4-4
- Zheng Bo & Gao Ling 0-3
- He Hanbin & Yu Yang 2-1
- Xie Zhongbo & Zhang Yawen 3-3
- Jens Eriksen & Mette Schjoldager 1-2
- Joachim Fischer Nielsen & Christinna Pedersen 1-0
- Thomas Laybourn & Kamilla Rytter Juhl 4-3
- Jonas Rasmussen & Rikke Olsen 4-1
- Michael Søgaard & Rikke Olsen 3-1
- Simon Archer & Joanne Goode 1-0
- Anthony Clark & Donna Kellogg 3-1
- Flandy Limpele & Vita Marissa 2-1
- Nova Widianto & Vita Marissa 2-3
- Nova Widianto & Lilyana Natsir 4-5
- Kim Dong-moon & Ra Kyung-min 0-5
- Lee Yong-dae & Lee Hyo-jung 1-2
- Robert Mateusiak & Nadiezda Zieba 2-1
- Frederik Bergström & Johanna Persson 1-0
- Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thoungthongkam 6-2