England’s second seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock were today on course for a revenge clash with Scotland’s Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier when the draw for the European Championships was announced.
The Adcocks, who are second seeds for the Championships in Kazan, Russia from April 23-27, will meet the Scottish pair who beat them on the way to last month’s Yonex German mixed doubles title, if they both come through the draw to reach the semi-finals.
But first the Adcocks, who won a bronze two years ago in Karlskrona, Sweden, will have to overcome Israel’s Misha and Svetlana Zilberman in the first round and can expect to meet Anders Kristiansen and Julie Houmann in the second round. They have met the Danes once before – when they lost to them 21-19 in the third game in the semi-finals of last year’s German Open.
England’s other top mixed doubles pair, Chris Langridge and Heather Olver, start against Gergely Krausz and Laura Sarosi of Hungary. They can expect to face German pair Max Schwenger and Carla Nelte in the second round but their path beyond the last eight is likely to be blocked by defending champions and top seeds Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen.
Chris Coles and Alyssa Lim face a tricky start against Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Samantha Barning.
Adcock and Andy Ellis, 2012 bronze medallists and second seeds, start their men’s doubles challenge with a bye before facing Dutch pair Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder or Welshmen Joe Morgan and Nic Stange.
But Coles and Matthew Nottingham face a daunting test if they win their opener against Kek Jamnik and Alen Roj of Slovenia. Top seeds and defending champions Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe lie in wait in the second round.
England’s other men’s doubles pair, Chris Langridge and Peter Mills take on Russian wild cards Andrej Ashmarin and Vitalij Durkin in the first round.
In the men’s singles 2010 bronze medallist and fifth seed Rajiv Ouseph, who has a first-round bye, starts his challenge against Slovenia’s Iztok Utrosa or Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner.
Russian wild card Anton Ivanov would be his next likely opponent with Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus the projected quarter-final opponent and German second seed and defending champion Marc Zweibler the probable semi-final obstacle.
Toby Penty begins against Greek player Georgios Charalambidis with Czech No. 1 Petr Koukal waiting in the second round.
Two-time English National women’s singles champion Sarah Walker starts with a bye before facing Finland’s Nanna Vainio or Germany’s Lianne Tan. Kristina Gavnholt of the Czech Republic is the seed in Walker’s quarter.
Fontaine Chapman, the 2013 National runner-up, was drawn against Czech player Zuzana Pavelkova in the first round before facing fourth seed Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria is she comes through her opener.
In the women’s doubles Gabby Adcock and Lauren Smith start against Ireland’s Caroline Black and Sinead Chambers but the English National champions can expect a tough quarter-final against top seeds and defending champions Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark.
Olver, who won a bronze medal with Mariana Agathangelou in 2010, partners Kate Robertshaw and they begin against Russian pair Olva Golovanova and Viktoria Vorobeva. The first real test will come if they reach the quarter-finals and an expected clash with fourth seeds and 2012 runners-up Line Kruse and Marie Roepke.
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