Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis to Face Former Champions in Yonex All England Opener

Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis will have to be at their brilliant best when they start their men’s doubles challenge at the Yonex All England Open Championships in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena a fortnight today.
 
The England pair, who on Saturday defeated Denmark’s 2011 champions and the world’s No. 1 pair Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe, have been drawn against the second seeds and 2007 winners Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in the first round.
 
Adcock and Ellis have met the Malaysians three times, all last year, and have yet to take a game off them although the first two matches were close and the most recent ended prematurely through injury.
 
The draw has been unkind to the England players because if Adcock and Ellis win against the Malaysian pair, they could meet Chris Langridge and Peter Mills in the second round – if the English National champions defeat Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Puangpuapech in their
opening contest.
 
Young England pair Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham tackle the qualifying and begin with a match against Scotland’s Robert Blair and Malaysia’s Tan Bin Shen. England’s Marcus Ellis and Scotland’s Paul Van Rietvelde face American pair Phillip Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat.
 
England’s top two men’s doubles pairs are the only home players through to the main draw. But six-
times English National champion and Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph is the top seed in the qualifying rounds on Tuesday week.
 
Ouseph will face India’s Anand Pawar in the first round with the winner facing another Indian, Sourabh Varma, or France’s Brice Leverdez.
 
If Ouseph comes through to the main draw his first-round opponent will be Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, with Vietnamese eighth seed Tien Minh Nguyen the likely second-round obstacle.
 
Ouseph has won both his meetings with Pawar and has won the last three of four meetings with Leverdez.
 
Ouseph is also in the same quarter as world No. 1 and Commonwealth champion Lee Chong Wei, who will be looking to add to his two titles from four successive final appearances In Birmingham. The World and Olympic silver medallist starts against Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Wong.
 
Among the other top matches in the first round Japan’s Sho Sasaki will take on Indonesia’s former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat while Danish teenager Victor Axelsen will face seventh seed Kenichi Tago. Second seed Chen Long of China meets Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana.
 
In the women’s singles Denmark’s Tine Baun, who won two titles from three successive finals from 2008, will play her last All England before retirement. Her first-round opponent could be Scotland’s 19-year-old prospect Kirsty Gilmour, who will need to come through two rounds of qualifying to face the Dane.
 
England have four pairs tackling the women’s doubles qualification where the pick of the qualifying matches will see Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw take on Scotland’s Imogen Bankier and Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva.
 
China’s top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang begin their title bid against Loughborough students Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng, the Malaysian sisters. China have won the women’s doubles title 15 times in the last 17 years.
 
In the mixed doubles qualifying Chris Adcock and Gabby White start against Germany’s Max Schwenger and Carla Nelte. If they win that contest they could face team-mates Ben Stawski and White’s women’s doubles partner Lauren Smith for a place in the main draw. But first Stawski and
Smith must overcome fourth qualifying seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Valeria Sorokina, the Russian champions.
 
English National champions Langridge and Olver must also qualify and start against France’s Ronan Labar and Laura Choinet.
 
The Yonex All England Championships start on March 5 with the finals on March 10 and is one of five Premier events on the OSIM BWF World Superseries 2013. This year’s Championship marks the 30th successive year of Yonex title sponsorship of the All England.
 
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