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Mariana AGATHANGELOU Heather OLVER French Open
26.02.12

Agathangelou and Olver face Yonex All England warm-up in Germany

GB PLAYERS will warm up for the Yonex All England Open Championships when they tackle the Yonex German Open in Mulheim, starting on Tuesday.

And it really will be a warm-up for Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver as they have been drawn to face Japan’s fourth seeds Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito a week before they meet again in the opening round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Just as in Birmingham, the draw has been tough on England and Scotland’s top players in Mulheim.

Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork must take on Thai second seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam in the first round of the mixed doubles while their Olympic rivals Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier start against Singapore’s Chayut Triyachart and Lei Yao.

Carl Baxter faces Russia’s Ivan Sozonov in the men’s singles first round and a win will earn the Kent man a likely clash with top seed Lin Dan of China.

In the men’s doubles Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis will face Hong Wei and Shen Ye of China while Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White, the second qualifying seeds, starts against Spain’s Jolly Lee and France’s Shinta Saiche.