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English eyes on Jakarta as world tour returns

Badminton’s World Tour returns to delight fans next week with Jakarta’s Istora Stadium set to welcome Super 1000 action; and there is English interest in three disciplines to enjoy at the BliBli Indonesia Open.

We will see a first round tie against Indonesia rivals for new European Games champions Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. The in-form duo face reigning YONEX All England champions Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan first up in their own backyard. Like the Adcocks, Langridge and Ellis are looking for a first ever win, in four attempts, over their opening opponents.

Chris and Gabby Adcock will pursue a career first win over Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino next week after being paired with the 2018 YONEX All England champions in Round One.

The GB pair, currently tenth in the world rankings, have missed out in all three previous encounters with the Japanese third seeds; including a second round fixture in Jakarta 12 months ago.

However, the Adcocks can take heart from their last two outings – including a YONEX All England quarter final - which have both gone the full distance to three ends. Progress and the draw could open up for the Adcocks with the Magees – beaten en route to a European Games silver in Minsk - a potential round two opponent.

For Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis, the world number nine pair will contest German opposition with Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler first up in Jakarta. The now European Games champions could face the seeded Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in front of a vocal home crowd in the second round should they progress.

There is also a plum first round tie against Indonesia rivals too for new European Games champions Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. The in-form duo face reigning YONEX All England champions Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan first up in their own backyard. Like the Adcocks, Langridge and Ellis are looking for a first ever win, in four attempts, over their opening opponents.

After a silver medal in Minsk two weeks ago, Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch carry a European threat in the women’s doubles event and start their challenge against Thailand’s Putita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Just one world ranking place separates the two pairs as they head into their first meeting. A win could set up a second round fixture with world bronze medallists, and seventh seeds, Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto from Japan.