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Andy Ellis and Chris Adcock 1st round All Eng 2012

Adcock sets his sights on two targets at Europeans

England's Chris Adcock is chasing European Championships success in both his events in the Swedish city of Karlskrona this week.

But more importantly, Adcock wants to scoop as many ranking points as possible as the only Briton in a position to challenge for a place in two events at London 2012.

Adcock and Imogen Bankier, the world silver medallists, are fourth seeds in the mixed doubles. They are the leading GB mixed doubles pair at No. 10 in the world compared to rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who are 20th.

The Anglo-Scottish pair are seeded to meet 2010 European bronze medallists Robertson and Wallwork in the quarter-finals, having already received a bye and a walkover into Wednesday's third round.

But Adcock (pictured) is also bidding to qualify for the men's doubles in London with Andy Ellis. The new English National champions' hopes hang in the balance as they are No. 24 in the world but are still one place short of being among the 16 pairs to qualify for the Olympic men's doubles competition.

The England pair will need to make a big impact in Karlskrona and at the last qualifying event, the Indian Open Superseries at the end of the month, if they are to overhaul Polish pair Adam Cwalina and Michal Logosz or Russians Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov.

To complicate matters South African pair Dorien James and Willem Viljoen are in 16th qualifying place at the moment at world No. 50 but they only need to slip one place to lose their Continental spot and Dutch pair Jorrit de Ruiter and Dave Khodabux at No. 52 could have an influence on that, especially after reaching today's men's doubles final at Wateringen.

Rajiv Ouseph, bronze medallist in Manchester two years ago, leads the men's singles challenge in Karlskrona with his place for Wembley all but assured but Elizabeth Cann will need big points to close the gap on Scotland rival Susan Egelstaff in the race for the one women's singles place.

Egelstaff reached the semi-finals at the Peru International in Lima yesterday while Cann matched her by reaching the Yonex Dutch semi-finals in Wateringen.

Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver, England's other bronze medallists from Manchester, are seeded sixth while three-times English National champins Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White are eighth seeds.

The Europeans start tomorrow but the first England players are not in action until Tuesday with the mixed challenge beginning on Wednesday.

Magnus Sahlberg of Sweden has the honour of opening the tournament tomorrow night when he faces Jarolim Vicen of Slovakia in the men's singles. It is the first day's only contest and provides the finale to the opening ceremony.

Tuesday's first and second-round matches:

Men's singles 1st round:
Carl Baxter v Giovanni Greco (Italy)
(6) Rajiv Ouseph v Ernesto Velazquez (Spain)
Toby Penty v Josip Uglesic (Croatia)

Women's singles 1st round:
Elizabeth Cann v Jenny Wan (Sweden)
Susan Egelstaff (Sco) v Kristina Gavnholt (Czech Repub)
Sarah Walker v Karoliine Holm (Norway)

Men's doubles 2nd round:
(6) Chris Adcock & Andrew Ellis v Arsic Nikola & Vladimir Savic (Serbia)

Women's doubles 2nd round:
Alex Langley & Lauren Smith v Steffi Annys & Severine Corvilain (Belgium)
(8) Jenny Wallwork & Gabby White v Selena Piek & Iris Tabeling (Netherlands)
(6) Mariana Agathangelou & Heather Olver v Alina Artamonova & Ekanerina Bolotova (Rus)

Mixed doubles 2nd round (Wednesday):
(4) Chris Adcock & Imogen Bankier walkover v Nathan Vervaeke & Angela Castillo (Belgium)
(6) Nathan Robertson & Jenny Wallwork v Aleksei Konekh & Alesia Zaitsava (Belarus)
Marcus Ellis & Heather Olver v (2) Thomas Laybourn & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den)

The schedules and results can be viewed at www.tournamentsoftware.com