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Adcocks, Langridge and Ellis receive byes as World Championships draw made

Reigning European champion Rajiv Ouseph will face young Czech player Adam Mendrek in the first round of the Total BWF World Championships in Glasgow.

With the Adcocks, Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis all receiving a bye in the first round, 16th seed Ouseph is the only seeded English player to feature in the first-round draw.

Ouseph, ranked 20th in the world, has never faced 21-year-old Mendrek before, and could play India’s world number 28 Sameer Verma in the second round.

Joining him in the men’s singles draw is Toby Penty, who faces a tough opening tie with sixth seed Chou Tien Chen – having never faced the Chinese Taipei shuttler previously.

Rio 2016 Olympians Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker will mount their World Championship campaign against Lisa Kaminski and Hannah Pohl at the Emirates Arena – a familiar stage where they were part of the gold-winning team at the Commonwealth Games three years ago.

In the women’s singles, English number one Fontaine Chapman will play Germany’s Luise Heim, while Chloe Birch, making her World Championships debut, will take on Tanvi Lad of India.

Recently crowned YONEX Canada Open champions Tom Wolfenden and Peter Briggs will hope to continue their fine form in the men’s doubles into their first round tie with Liao Kuan Hao and Lu Chia Pin.

In the mixed doubles, two pairs will make their World Championships bow, with Ben Lane and Jess Pugh facing a tough opening challenge in the form of Dutch duo Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen.

Also joining Lane and Pugh in Glasgow will be Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore, and they will play Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

Moore is also in action in the women’s doubles alongside Viki Williams, with Lorraine Baumann and Audrey Fontaine first up for the English pair.

The Total BWF World Championships get underway at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Monday 21 August, with the finals taking place on 27 August. 

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