Rajiv Ouseph faces the prospect of a familiar foe in the early rounds of the World Championships after being drawn in the same side of the draw as Shi Yuqi.
England’s number one has faced China’s YONEX All England champion twice in his last two World Tour tournaments and five times in the last 13 months.
And another encounter is on the cards if Ouseph defeats his first-round opponent, Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak and Yuqi also progresses against Adam Mendrek
Ouseph’s fellow men’s singles team mate Toby Penty is matched with Spain’s Pablo Abian. Aiban became the first Spanish man to win a Badminton match at an Olympic Games when he beat Petr Koukal at London 2012.
A Penty win would be rewarded with a second-round tie against Indian fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth.
Similar to Toby Penty, Chloe Birch faces Spanish opposition in her single’s first round match. Beatriz Corrales, Spain’s number two behind Carolina Marin, won bronze in Baku and silver at the 2018 Mediterranean Games. Either Corrales or Birch will face 12th seed Zhang Beiwen who won her first BWF World Tour title at the India Open earlier this year.
The Men’s Doubles competition sees Rio Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis face Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in the first round. The winner’s opponents are already confirmed; Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-the eighth seeded Danish pair lay in wait. The all-conquering Indonesian pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are in the opposite half.
The Mixed Doubles sees further byes; both Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith and Chris & Gabby Adcock have the first round off. Both English pairs can only face unseeded pairs in the second round.
The Adcocks have been granted a sixth seeding, with Smith & Ellis 11th. Unseeded Ben Lane and Jess Pugh have the tempting chance to tackle reigning YONEX All England winners, Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino. But England’s fast rising pair have to beat German pair Marvin Emil Seidel/Linda Efler to set up a second-round tie with the Japanese duo.
The TOTAL BWF World Championships get under way on Monday 30 July running through to Sunday 5 August in Nanjing, China.