March 2010 All News
England players straight back into action in Switzerland
England’s players go straight back into action tomorrow at the Wilson Swiss Open in Basel following a testing week at the Yonex All England Championships in Birmingham.
England’s two mixed doubles pairs who reached the quarter-finals at the 100th All England lead the squad into action again.
Nathan Robertson (Notts) and Jenny Wallwork (Yorks) face Noriyasu Hirata and Miyuki Maeda of Japan and if they win, they could meet Chris Adock (Notts) and Gabby White (Yorks) in the second round. But first the former world junior silver medallists must overcome fifth seeds Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen of China.
Anthony Clark (Notts) and Heather Olver (Sussex) face a tricky start against Korea’s Shin Baek Cheol and Yoo Hyun Young while Robin Middleton (Yorks) and Mariana Agathangelou (Avon) have a tough opener against second seeds and Olympic champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea.
Robertson and Clark lead the challenge in the men’s doubles where they begin with a match against Denmark’s Simon Mollyhus and Rasmus Bonde.
With Robert Blair (Leics) and Chris Adcock missing because of Blair’s back muscle injury, the other England hope in the men’s doubles are Middleton and Chris Langridge (Surrey). They have been drawn against Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea.
Leeds pair Wallwork and White take on Corinne Joerg of Switzerland and Aleksandra Walaszek of Poland in the first round of the women’s doubles while Olver and Agathangelou meet Dutch pair Samathan Barning and Eefje Muskens.
In the men’s singles Carl Baxter avoids having to qualify and goes straight into the men’s singles draw along with Rajiv Ouseph.
Three-times English National champion Ouseph (Middx) faces China’s Hu Yan in the first round while Baxter (Avon) takes on Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
In the women’s singles Jersey's four-times National champion Elizabeth Cann faces Swiss wild card Jeannine Cicognini while Scotland’s Susan Hughes is the other GB player in first-round action but she faces a tough test against China’s second seed Jiang Yanjiao.
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