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course to meet Ouseph again
at English National Championships
Ouseph, who this weekend bids to win a record fifth
consecutive men's singles title when the English
National Badminton Championships take place at Bolton
Arena, is on course to face 2010 Under 19 champion and
2011 finalist Josh Green following today's draw.
Top seed Ouseph starts his challenge on Friday morning
against Cheshire's Ben Dolman but is likely to come up
against fifth seed Green in the quarter-finals the
Ironically, Ouseph played Green in the second round last
year and the 19-year-old did not disgrace himself before
going down 21-11 21-18.
But for there to be a rematch, the Isle of Man
challenger will have to overcome Nottinghamshire's Neil
White in his opening contest. White was a
quarter-finalist last year and has reached the last
eight three times so will provide Green with a real
Four-times runner-up Carl Baxter is second seed and the
Kent player will start out against Arak Bhokoanandh, who
represents Baxter's former county Avon. Baxter's first
big test is expected to come against sixth seed Robert
Kettle of Surrey in the last eight.
the women's singles Elizabeth Cann is expected to
put last year's surprise early exit behind her as she
bids for a fifth title. She faces Dorset's Lynnlette
Aung in the first round and the top seed is drawn to
meet third seed and 2011 runner-up Sarah Wallker of
Essex in the semi-finals.
In the bottom half of the draw defending champion Nicola
Cerfontyne begins her bid against Yorkshire's Nicki
Chan-Lam and can expect to have to overcome Cheshire's
fourth seed and 2010 runner-up Helen Davies in the
quarter-finals and either Hampshire's fourth seed Panuga
Riou or Yorkshire's eighth seed Kate Robertshaw in the
GBís leading menís doubles pair Chris Adcock and
Andrew Ellis are top seeds and begin with a bye before
facing their first big test in the semi-finals against
third seeds Gary Fox of Lancashire and Ben Stawski of
Warwickshire. Adcock and Ellis are bidding to win the
title for the first time.
In the bottom half of the draw defending champion Chris
Langridge, who won last year with Nathan Robertson, will
launch his title challenge with new partner Peter Mills.
The second seeds also start with a bye and their first
big challenge should come with a semi-final clash
against fourth seeds Anthony Clark and Kristian Roebuck.
Clark won the title nine years running until an eye
injury forced him to drop out last year when due to
the womenís doubles Mariana Agathangelou (Avon)
and Heather Olver (Sussex) are top seeds for the first
time. For the last two years they have been runners-up
to Bolton-born Jenny Wallwork and partner Gabby White
but the Leeds pair are No. 2 seeds this year.
Agathangelou and Olver, recent Swedish International
winners, can expect their first big test fo come in the
semi-finals when they are expected to meet fourth seeds
Helena Lewczynska of Hertfordshire and Hayley Rogers of
In the bottom half Wallwork and White, who like
Agathangelou and Olver, start with a bye are likely to
face third seeds Alex Langley (Notts) and Lauren Smith (Yorks)
in the semi-finals.
In the mixed doubles Wallwork and Nathan
Robertson (Notts) are top seeds as they aim to make it a
hat-trick of National titles together to add to the four
Robertson won with Gail Emms.
Adcock and White, the 2011 runners-up are again the main
threat as second seeds with Marcus Ellis (Yorks) and
Olver at No. 3 and Stawski and Lauren Smith (Yorks) No.
Victory would take Robertson (Notts) level with Mike
Tredgettís National title tally of 16 (10 menís doubles
and six mixed). Last year Robertson collected his ninth
menís doubles title when he deputised for Clark and won
the title with Langridge.
Robertson and Wallwork, who last month won the Swedish
International title, begin with a bye and can expect
their toughest match en route to the final to come in
the last four with a likely clash with third seeds
Marcus Ellis (Yorks) and Heather Olver (Sussex).
Adcock and White are likely to meet Stawski and Smith in
the semi-finals if the mixed doubles goes to seeding.
of 143 players from 28 counties have entered the
The Championships had been planned for a ninth
consecutive year at Manchester Velodrome but
BADMINTON England have agreed to switch the venue to
Bolton Arena to help Britainís cyclists prepare for
the World Cup Classic, which is the Olympic Test
event for London 2012.
Todayís draw features players from all over England
as they seize the opportunity to take on some of the
GB squad players hoping to qualify for London 2012.
The English National Championships, which is part of
the National Championship series across all age
groups, is being staged in Bolton Arena thanks to
the special partnership BADMINTON England enjoys
with Manchester City Council, racket and equipment
company Carlton, and Case Security.
Tickets are still available at the Bolton Arena box
office for all three days.
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