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Ellis looking for double Dutch delight in Almere

Marcus Ellis will return to the scene of his 2012 Netherlands success this week as he prepares to take to the court for the YONEX Dutch Open.

The 28-year-old teamed up with Gabby Adcock to take silver in the mixed doubles five years ago, with Lauren Smith his partner this time around in the pursuit of glory.

The pair arrive in Almere as eighth seeds amidst a busy English contingent, going up against Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova in their first contest on Tuesday.

That could see them thrown into an all-English contest as soon as the second round, with Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore next up should they prevail in their own clash, against French duo Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo.

But that’s not the only English mixed doubles representation as Ben Lane and Jess Pugh look to make the most of their fourth-seed status.

They’ll be up against Peter Kaesbauer and Olga Konon of Germany, while Matthew Clare and Victoria Williams do battle with Russia’s Evgenij Dremin and Olga Arkhangelskaya.

The top seeding of the week comes in the men’s doubles where Ellis once again takes to the court, teaming up with Rio 2016 bronze medal-winning partner Chris Langridge as the third seeds.

A clash with Kaesbauer and Johannes Pistorius awaits those two, facing a pair who are in the very early stages of their partnership together.

Meanwhile Scottish opponents Adam Hall and Alexander Dunn await Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden in their Dutch opener, with the English pair victorious in their only previous meeting, in Portugal, two years ago.

The winners of that contest could play Lane and Sean Vendy, though they face a match with qualifiers to seal their passage to the second round.

Vendy will have his own qualification match to worry about when he teams up with Sarah Walker to play off with Vladimir Malkov and Elena Komendrovskaja.

Mairs and Clare, Robert Golding and Victor Liew as well as Georgina Bland will also need to win a match to reach the main stage.

A tie with tenth seed Misha Zilberman awaits world No.159 Wang Yuehang in the Netherlands, with the two enjoying a close contest as recently as February, while Chloe Birch will contest her first-round match with India’s Gadde Ruthvika Shivani.

Finally, the women’s doubles has thrown up some interesting contests as fifth seeds Smith and Walker prepare to do battle with Lisa Kaminski and Hannah Pohl.

Just two months have passed since their one and only previous meeting in the cut and thrust of the TOTAL BWF World Championships, the English duo prevailing 21-10 26-24.

Birch and Pugh play Russia’s Natalia Perminova and Nina Vislova, while Moore and Williams have French duo Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran in their sights.