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Marcus Ellis returns to the scene of his 2020 triumph as five English pairings descend on the VICTOR Denmark Open this week.

Ellis, alongside Chris Langridge, became the first English men’s pairing since David Eddy and Eddy Sutton in 1975 to win the title last year.

The 32-year-old is back at Odense Sports Park and seeded sixth for the mixed doubles alongside Lauren Smith.

Three Olympic pairings return to the BWF World Tour for the first time since Tokyo 2020.

Smith and Chloe Birch hold eighth seed in the women’s doubles draw, with Olympic champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu in the field.

The English duo are on the same side of the draw as South Koreans Kim Soyeong and Kong Heeyong.

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will also aim to hit top form as one of two English pairings in the men’s doubles.

Callum Hemming will hope to continue his excellent year, that has included reaching two mixed doubles finals, with two entries at Super 1000 level in Scandinavia.

He will hope for a long run in the tournament once again alongside Jessica Pugh, with whom he reached the final at the Portuguese International and Spanish International.

He also joins Steven Stallwood in the men’s doubles, with whom he reached the semi-final of the BWF World Tour Super 100 Orleans Masters and featured at the YONEX All England.

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships return to Utilita Arena Birmingham with the best players from around the world from 16th – 20th March 2022. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today.