Badminton ace Cathy Bargh was left to wonder what might have been at the 99th All England Seniors 2015.
The Sedlescombe-based player was agonisingly edged out by the eventual winners in the over-50 women’s singles and doubles at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.
That singles and doubles were there in the grasp.Cathy Bargh
Second seeds Bargh and Kay Vickers made it to the semi-finals of the doubles event where they were pipped 11-21, 21-18, 21-23 by Helle Buch and Lone Knudsen, although they at least had the consolation of being the only team to take a set off the Danes.
Bargh and Vickers had qualified for the semi-finals by topping group B with two straight sets wins out of two. They saw off another Danish pair, Hanne Bertelsen and Karin Rosager, 21-16, 21-4, and English duo Chris Summers and Tracy Walker 21-16, 21-15.
In the singles, Bargh - a professional badminton coach at Freedom Leisure Summerfields in Hastings - just missed out on the final after coming second in group A with two wins out of three.
She comfortably defeated Kim Stothard 21-7, 21-7 and Ursula Heale 21-5, 21-7, but was squeezed out by top seed Knudsen 21-19, 15-21, 21-23. Again she was the only player to take a set off Knudsen.
Bargh felt, however, that she ought to have been moved up to second seed in the singles - and thereby placed in the other group - following the withdrawal of Sian Williams.
“I was 19-16 up in the third against Lone and I should’ve won it,” Bargh said. “We also had match point in the doubles. That singles and doubles were there in the grasp.”