England badminton’s medal winning heroes will be California dreaming of more title success this week as they return to action on the HSBC BWF World Tour at the US Open Super 300.
The English have not enjoyed success in LA since Rajiv Ouseph won the Men's Singles trophy eight years ago. But, following a medal-rich couple of months away from the world circuit, England head west well placed to challenge.
Marcus Ellis is top seeded in two events.
The Huddersfield star pairs Chris Langridge as the number one selection in Men’s Doubles – and the newly crowned Commonwealth Games champions start against American rivals. He is also top billed alongside Lauren Smith in the Mixed Doubles as the European bronze medallists look to further establish themselves inside the world top 15.
Smith will also double up but she will pair a new face in the form of Jess Pugh in Women’s Doubles. The new partnership will be complemented by another in the shape of Chloe Birch and Jenny Moore, who know each others game well after years of BUCS success with Loughborough.
Moore, from Cheshire, has recently been added to the England performance set up as just reward following an impressive run of seasons on the European circuit.
Birch will also continue to fly a lone flag in the Women’s Singles but she heads west buoyed by strong showings at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. Birch will open against a qualifier, having been drawn in the same half as home favourite, and top seed, Beiwen Zheng, who she could meet at the Quarter Final stage.
Like Birch, Toby Penty carries the Men’s Singles threat as part of England’s official entry. The Scottish Open champion could face Jan O Jorgensen or third seeded Brice Leverdez in Round Two.
England carry a triple threat in the Men’s Doubles draw with Ben Lane and Sean Vendy and Tom Wolfenden and Peter Briggs each in the mix alongside Ellis and Langridge.
Wolfenden and Briggs are well versed in recent success in North America having won the Canada Open title last year and both pairs start with seeded rivals here.
There are also three opportunities for England to end a 42 year long wait for a Mixed Doubles title at the US Open.
Whilst Ellis and Smith’s rich form will be tested by Thai rivals in Round One, Ben Lane and Jess Pugh – seventh seeded - and Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore will face European opponents to open their campaigns.
It’s Jacco Arends and Selena Piek up first for Mairs and Moore who are in the other side of the draw to their England team mates.
The Adcocks and Rajiv Ouseph sit out the North American leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour as they focus all attentions on the upcoming 6-week schedule in Asia which includes high ranking events in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.