YONEX All England draw sees Adcocks in potential rematch

Chris and Gabby Adcock, England's top doubles pairing, face a testing route at the 2016 YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships after the draw was released for next month's showcase event.

The Adcocks, who won the year-end BWF Superseries title in Dubai, are seeded seventh in the mixed doubles at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham between March 8-13, as they aim to become the first English winners since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

They open their Championships against Indonesia's Ronald Alexander and Melati Oktaviani, the world number 18 pair, in the first round.

England's number one's are seeded to meet three-time winners, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, also of Indonesia, in the quarter-finals.

It would be a repeat of last year's thrilling contest when the Indonesians narrowly prevailed in three games.

We were gutted to lose in the quarters last year,

said Chris.

But these events have proved that if you can get to the last eight then anything can happen.

In the men’s singles, Denmark’s top two players will aim to stem China’s stars. 

Chen Long, the defending champion, and Viktor Axelsen will both open up against qualifiers and are likely to meet in the last eight, while Jan O Jorgensen, last year’s beaten finalist, and Lin Dan, the five-time champion, will also compete in a riveting top-half of the draw.

Lin’s participation at the YONEX All England – perhaps his last appearance at the venerable tournament ahead of his tilt at a hat-trick of Olympic titles later this year – sees the Chinese superstar play Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in the first round.

The fifth seed is likely to face Sho Sasaki, the Japanese who reached last year’s semi-finals, in the second round.

Meanwhile, Lee Chong Wei, the three-time champion, opens up against Parupalli Kashyap, India’s Commonwealth champion.

Carolina Marin, Spain’s defending champion, has been drawn against Bae Yeon Ju, of Korea, in the women’s singles first round.

She is seeded to meet Saina Nehwal, of India, in a repeat of last year’s final. Nehwal opens up against Michelle Li, Canada’s Commonwealth champion.

Ying and Yu Luo are top seeds in the women’s doubles as they aim to maintain China’s monopoly in an event the powerhouse nation have lost just once since 2000.

They face Korean pair Eom Won and Kim Ha Na in the first round, the first of five potential Asian opposition on the road to the final.

To view the full draw, please visit allenglandbadminton.com

Tickets are still available for the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships at allenglandbadminton.com  

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