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Five Badminton England players seeded for World Championships

Chris and Gabby Adcock will look to add to their medal haul later this month as they head into the Total BWF Badminton World Championships seeded fifth in the mixed doubles.

Also ranked fifth in the world, the couple are joined in the seedings by Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, who are seeded 14th in the men’s doubles.

In the men’s singles, current European champion and English number one Rajiv Ouseph is seeded 16th and will look to claim a continental and global double in the same year at the Emirates Arena, in Glasgow.

The Adcocks also took gold for England at the European Championships in Kolding, Denmark, in April, and will kick off their campaign for the world title on August 21.

Having already won a world silver medal in London six years ago, Chris will be seeking a repeat of his and Gabby’s 2014 Glasgow appearance when the pair topped the podium at the Commonwealth Games.

And though Ellis and Langridge already have Olympic and European medals to their name, seven days of action in the Emirates Arena could bring their first World Championships medal.

Langridge also enjoyed success at Glasgow 2014, taking silver with Heather Olver after a closely-fought final with the Adcocks.

Ouseph, too, will have fond memories when he steps on court in the Emirates Arena, the place where he won silver in the mixed team competition, in 2014.

Now, he will face world-class competitors like Korea’s Son Wan Ho and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the main draw of the men’s singles.

Competition is also tough in the mixed doubles, featuring the likes of World Junior Champions and number one seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen, of China.

And the Adcocks will be joined in the competition by unseeded compatriots Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh, who will be making their World Championship debut and enter the competition full of confidence after reaching the semi-finals of the Yonex US Open at the end of July.


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