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England shuttlers all set for Australian Open

England’s badminton’s players will look to fine tune their World Championships preparations this week as they take part in the Crown Group Australian Open.

The tournament is the last major competition before the World Championships in Glasgow from August 21-27 with husband and wife duo Chris and Gabby Adcock, men’s doubles duo Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden and men’s singles player Rajiv Ouseph all in action.

The Adcocks will be eyeing up a potential rematch with long-term European rivals Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, who they toppled in the final of the European Championships back in April.

They could meet again at the quarter-final stages of this week’s tournament Down Under if both come through their respective opening two matches.

The English duo, who reached the quarter-finals of last week’s BCA Indonesia Open, will face home favourites Simon Wing Hang Leung and Tiffany Ho first up, while a meeting with top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China could also be on the cards at the semi-final stage if they progress.

They will be joined at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre by Rajiv Ouseph, who also reached the quarter-finals in Indonesia.

The 30-year-old goes up against India’s H. S. Prannoy in the opening round, and could face eighth seed Tian Houwei in the second round should he progress.

The toughest clash on paper in Ouseph’s side of the draw could be a potential semi-final meeting with fifth seed Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark, the fifth seed, or legendary Chinese shuttler Lin Dan.

Before that then could be a fascinating match-up with Anders Antonsen in the quarter-finals – the same player he defeated to win the European title this year.

In the men’s doubles, Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden face a tricky opening tie against the sixth seeds, Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang.

Should Briggs and Wolfenden make the quarter-finals, a clash with Malaysian pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, seeded fourth, could be on the cards. 

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