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English entry ready to face the world at Emirates Arena

Seventeen players will play under the English flag at the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships in Glasgow this coming August with eight making their debuts on the world’s biggest stage.
And the Emirates Arena can expect a full English complement of qualifiers, based upon world rankings, after each accepted the invitation to compete for world titles at a venue they know well.
England’s long standing love affair with the Emirates Arena culminated in a Commonwealth Games gold for Chris and Gabby Adcock in 2014 – and the reigning European champions will head up three pairs contending the Mixed Doubles draw.

At sixth in the world standings, the Adcocks offer a world class opportunity to end England’s 11- year wait for a world title to add to Chris’ 2011 world silver, won with Scotland’s Imogen Bankier.

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They will be supported by young pretenders Ben Lane and Jess Pugh, who continue to gain major event experience, whilst the BUCS-winning partnership of Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore will be looking to build on their recent YONEX All England experience and strong form on the European circuit.

Ranked in the world’s top 50 in both mixed and women’s doubles, Jenny Moore is the only one of the 17 to double up at the Emirates Arena. She will contend the women’s doubles event alongside long term playing partner Viki Williams.

The 2015 national finalists and European U19 silver medallists will be joined in the draw by European bronze medallists, Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker.

For Team GB star Smith, it will be fifth World Championships with a fourth different playing partner, having made her world’s debut on a wildcard in 2011.

Like Smith, Toby Penty was handed a wildcard when the World Championships arrived in London six years ago and the Surrey man will make the short trip north to Glasgow to contend the Men’s Singles event.

At 20th in the world and fresh from winning 2017 European gold, Rajiv Ouseph will lead the singles charge with hopes of bringing the men’s singles crown back to Europe for the first time in 20 years.

Matching their male counterparts with two entrants in the Women’s Singles event are reigning national champion Fontaine Chapman and 2016 national finalist, Chloe Birch.

For Birch, a first time qualification for the World Championships represents another milestone in a big year which also included a first appearance at the YONEX All England.

Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis YONEX All England 2016.jpg 2.jpgIn the Men’s Doubles event Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis will carry hopes of improving on their World Championships quarter final two years ago in Indonesia.

They will be joined in the draw by the fast-rising pair of Tom Wolfenden and Peter Briggs who, having shown good form on the Superseries circuit, will be looking to build on their YONEX All England momentum by unsettling the world’s leading pairs.

Full English qualification
Mens Singles: Rajiv Ouseph, Toby Penty
Women’s Singles: Fontaine Chapman, Chloe Birch
Mixed Doubles: Chris Adcock/Gabby Adcock, Ben Lane/Jess Pugh, Jenny Moore/Greg Mairs
Mens Doubles: Chris Langridge/Marcus Ellis, Peter Briggs/Tom Wolfenden
Womens Doubles: Lauren Smith/Sarah Walker, Jenny Moore/Viki Williams

Players in bold will be making their World Championships debut at the 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships

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