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YONEX All England Badminton 2016: Draw sees Adcocks in potential rematch

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Chris and Gabby Adcock, England's top doubles pairing, face a testing route at the 2016 YONEX All England Championships after the draw was released for next month's showcase event.

The Adcocks, who won the year-end BWF Superseries title in Dubai, are seeded seventh in the mixed doubles at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham between March 8-13, as they aim to become the first English winners since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

They open their Championships against Indonesia's Ronald Alexander and Melati Oktaviani, the world number 18 pair, in the first round.

England's number one's are seeded to meet three-time winners, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, also of Indonesia, in the quarter-finals.

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It would be a repeat of last year's thrilling contest when the Indonesians narrowly prevailed in three games.

"We were gutted to lose in the quarters last year," said Chris. "But these events have proved that if you can get to the last eight then anything can happen."

Rajiv Ouseph, England's number one who also reached last year's quarter-finals of the sport's oldest event, has been drawn against Kidambi Srikanth, India's world number nine, in the men's singles first round.

New national women's singles champion Fontaine Chapman faces Taipei's Chen Hsiao Huan in qualification, the first of two potential matches towards the main draw.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge will open their men's doubles campaign against Chen Hung Ling and Chi-Lin Wang, of Taipei. Four English pairs, meanwhile, will contest qualification.

In the women's doubles, Heather Olver and Lauren Smith have been drawn against Japan's Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito. Indonesia's second-seeded pair Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii await in the second round.

Meanwhile, top seed Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan will all feature in the men's singles for the first time in two years.

In the women's singles, Spain's defending champion Carolina Marin and Saina Nehwal, of India, are seeded to meet each other in the final. Nehwal opens up against Michelle Li, Canada's Commonwealth champion.

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