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England players aim for Czech-mate
ENGLAND have a strong men’s doubles presence in Brno this weekend at the Thwack Czech International.
Marcus Ellis and Scotland's Paul Van Rietvelde will look to build on their runners-up spot at the Belgian International earlier this month as they tackle home hopes Pavel Florian and Ondrej Kopriva in the first round.
But a tough second round awaits the winners in the shape of Croatian fourth seeds Zvonimir Durkinjak and Zvonimir Hoelbling.
Chris Langridge and Peter Mills start with a first-round bye and should reach the third round where they could face Ellis and Van Rietvelde.
Ben Stawski and Gary Fox await a qualifier in Friday afternoon’s first round while in the bottom half of the draw Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham also await a pair from qualifying.
Ellis and Gabby White lead the mixed doubles challenge. Their first test should come in the second round against Frederik Colberg and Sara Thygesen of Denmark.
Ellis and White, winners at the Belgian International in mid-September, are joined in the draw by Stawski and Lauren Smith, Nottingham and Alex Langley, Fox and Samantha Ward and Coles and Jessica Fletcher. But Chris Langridge and Heather Olver, runners-up in Belgium, have to qualify but are top seeds.
Harley Towler and Helena Lewczynska are third qualifying seeds while Peter Mills and Alyssa Lim are also in Thursday's qualifying.
But Andy Ellis and Jenny Wallwork, who won in Poland at the end of August, have pulled out because of an injury to Wallwork, which means she also misses the women’s doubles with Langley.
That means Smith and White will lead the women’s doubles challenge and start against Agnes Korosi and Monika Szoke of Hungary. Olver and Kate Robertshaw are in the top half and start with a bye but they could face Ward and Chloe Birch in the second round if they beat Celine Juel and Josephine Van Zaane of Denmark in the first round.
England’s 2011 National champion Nicola Cerfontyne partners Denmark’s Louise Hansen. An opening win will pit Cerfontyne against Scotland’s third seeds Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmour.
Fletcher and Alyssa Lim and Sophie Brown and Lewczynska are also in action on Friday.
Toby Penty, Poland runner-up to Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees, is the lone Englishman in the main draw of the men’s singles and the Surrey left-hander starts against Maxime Moreels of Germany on Friday morning.
But Josh Green will be hoping to join him in the main draw. He is second seed in the qualifying but will need three wins to reach the first round proper. He is a section including Sam Phillips while Rhys Walker, Michael Spencer-Smith, sixth seed Jamie Bonsels and Ben Muir are also in a massive 64-man draw.
Sixth seed Elizabeth Cann has been forced out of the women’s singles through injury but the pick of the first round is the clash between Sarah Walker and Scotland’s seventh seed and Poland winner Gilmour. Robertshaw, Cerfontyne, Sarah Milne and Polish runner-up Panuga Riou are also in the line-up.
Qualifying third seed Georgina Bland, fifth seed Emily Westwood and Birch will be hoping to win through to the main draw.
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