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England's Olver and Smith out to exact revenge at Austrian Open

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National champions Heather Olver and Lauren Smith will attempt to go one better at this week's Austrian Open after reaching last year's final.

Olver and Smith are seeded third in the women's doubles as England send a plethora of players to Vienna.

It will signal the start of a clutch of events ahead of next month's YONEX All England Championships, with Olympic qualifying berths remaining a calling card for the elite players.

Olver and Smith are afforded an opening bye and are joined in the draw by in-form pairing Jess Pugh and Sarah Walker.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge top the seedings in the men's doubles and open up against a qualifying partnership in their first round. Matthew Nottingham and Harley Towler are seventh seeds.

Meanwhile, Nottingham is also seeded seventh in the mixed doubles alongside Emily Westwood.

Ben Lane and Pugh, as well as Chris Coles and Walker make up the trio of English pairings contesting the mixed doubles event.

Fontaine Chapman is England's sole participant in the singles' events and faces Chloe Magee, of Ireland, in Thursday's first round.

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