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Top seed Ouseph set for Swedish Masters defence
Rajiv Ouseph will aim to start his 2016 campaign in the same manner he began last year, as England’s number one defends his title at the Swedish Masters this week.
Ouseph’s last men’s singles title win came in Sweden 12 months ago but will be looking to continue the form which saw him reach his last two finals of 2015 – the K&D Graphics in New York and the Scottish Open Grand Prix.
As in 2015, the Englishman opens up against another Frenchman, Lucas Corvee, in the first round on Friday. He is seeded to meet third seed Raul Must, of Estonia, in the semi-finals.
Ouseph will be joined in the draw by compatriot Toby Penty, who plays Dmytro Zavadsky, of Ukraine.
Penty is in the same half of the draw as 2014 winner, Ville Lang, of Finland.
Fontaine Chapman is England’s sole representative in the women’s singles draw. She was due to play Natalia Rohde, the sixth seed, before the Dane withdrew.
Meanwhile, the men’s doubles event will be awash with home talent in Uppsalla.
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge are seeded second and have been afforded a first round bye.
The English national champs are joined by Pete Mills and Harley Towler, and Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden, the fourth seeds.
In the women’s doubles, Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw will tackle Eva Lee and Paula Obanana, the top seeds, while Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, as second seeds, will begin their tilt in the second round later on Friday.
Matthew Nottingham and Emily Westwood play Swedish pair Filip Myhren and Emma Wengberg in their mixed doubles opener.
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