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Worlds awaits England's 10

Chris and Gabby Adcock head to Nanjing this July looking to build on the brilliant World bronze medal they earnt in Glasgow nine months ago.

The Adcocks won the first World Championship medal for England since London, 2011 when Chris Adcock won silver with Scotland's Imogen Bankier.

The World top 10 pair head up a three-strong Mixed Doubles line-up representing England in China. Ben Lane and Jess Pugh are making just their second appearance at a World Championships whilst the fast-rising duo of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith will be eager to add to their Commonwealth Games silver.

As a relatively new pair, Ellis/Smith are now tagged 15th in the world.

All three pairings have been given a boost by the absence of reigning Olympic and World Champions, the Indonesians Ahmad and Natsir.

The prolific pairing declined their invitation to the year’s biggest individual event in phase two of the qualifying process. The pair they beat in last summer’s final, Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen (China) have also decided not to participate, these two withdrawals providing the likes of Lane and Pugh, from the reserve list, the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage.

In Men’s Doubles, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge will battle a strong field, only notably missing last year’s runners-up; Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro, now playing with different partners. In Ahsan’s case that sees him reunited with Hendra Setiawan as the pair hunt a third World title.

In the singles, Toby Penty, who made his senior debut at the 2011 Worlds, joins Rajiv Ouseph in representing England men. Penty lost in the first-round last year, to the then fourth ranked Chinese Taipei player Chou Tien Chen.

Unashamedly, Ouseph lost to all-time great Lin Dan in Glasgow, taking the Chinese star to three sets in the quarter-finals.

Chloe Birch is the sole Englishwomen competing in the Women’s Singles. Currently in the form of her life, Birch heads to China off the back of a very strong couple of months competing in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. The 22-year-old has reason to believe she’ll go much further than last year’s first-round exit.

 

Men’s Singles

Rajiv Ouseph

Toby Penty

Women’s Singles

Chloe Birch

Men’s Doubles

Marcus Ellis/ Chris Langridge
 

Mixed Doubles

Chris Adcock / Gabby Adcock

Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith

Ben Lane/ Jess Pugh

 

 

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