Rajiv Ouseph faces a rematch with Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng after they were drawn to meet in the men’s singles first round of the Li-Ning BWF World Championships in Copenhagen, starting August 25.
Not only did European silver medallist Ouseph lose to the Malaysian 16th seed in a close three-game contest in the team final at the Commonwealth Games but he also fell to him in the first round of last year’s World Championships in their only other meeting.
Today’s draw was tough on all England’s singles players in an 11-strong squad heading for Denmark.
In the women’s singles Sarah Walker starts against Malaysia’s Sannatasah Saniru with Korean fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun awaiting the winner while Fontaine Chapman must face new Commonwealth champion Michelle Li in her first-round match.
Commonwealth mixed doubles champions Chris and Gabby Adcock are fourth seeds and have a first-round bye and must await the winner of the first-round clash between Malaysia’s Tan Aik Quan and Lai Pei Jing and Hong Kong pair Chan Yun Lung and Tse Ying Suet.
The Adcocks’ first real test is likely to come in the third round against China’s 14th seeds Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin followed by a likely quarter-final with Korean fifth seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na.
The England pair are drawn in the same half as Olympic champions and top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei of China.
England’s Commonwealth silver medallists Chris Langridge and Heather Olver take on Canada’s Toby Ng and Alex Bruce in the first round with Singapore’s ninth seeds Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Yu Yan Vanessa Neo awaiting the winners.
In the men’s doubles Adcock and Andy Ellis are the 14th seeds and they start with a bye before facing China’s Kang Jun and Liu Cheng or Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.
But the first big test will come in the last 16 when they are likely to meet Malaysian seventh seeds Thien How Hoon and Commonwealth gold medallist Tan Wee Kiong.
Commonwealth bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Peter Mills can expect to get over their first hurdle against American pair Phillip Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat before facing a much harder challenge against Chinese eighth seeds Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan.
In the women’s doubles Olver and Kate Robertshaw meet Commonwealth silver medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa of India in their opening contest while Gabby Adcock and Lauren Smith, the Glasgow 2014 bronze medallists, start against Malaysian pair Lim Yin Loo and Yean Lee Meng, with China’s eighth seeds Luo Ying and Luo Yu awaiting the winners.
The Championships will be staged in the 9,200-seater Ballerup Super Arena from August 25-31.
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