10th ranked Mixed Doubles couple, the Adcocks, face the rapidly developing prospect, 18-year-old Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and his more experienced partner Ashwini Ponnappa. Dare either pair look beyond this match they’ll be frightened by the prospect of Chinese first seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in the last 16. The World Champions knocked Chris and Gabby Adcock out of the Danish Open in the quarter-finals just last week. Siwei and Yaqiong will first have to conquer the other Indian pair (Kapoor/Garg).
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, on paper, have a slightly easier draw than the first round of the Danish Open last week where they lost to Chinese second seeds Wang and Huang. Debby Susanto and Ricky Karandasuwardi will not be easy opponents though, the Indonesians are currently ranked six places higher than the English pair in the world standings.
Raj Ouseph plays only his second competitive match as a father this week. Zachary Ouseph was born on Friday 28th September at 4:14am. Fresh after weeks of sleepless nights Ouseph senior has the hard task of playing Daren Liew in the first round. The Malaysian beat Ouseph in all three previous meetings, between 2012-14, without dropping a set.
Having stormed to the semi-finals in Odense last week, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge face a first meeting with Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit in Paris. Defeating the Thai pair could see the Olympic bronze medallists play Japanese fourth seeds Kamura/Sonoda in the next round.
In the Women’s Doubles, Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch have been drawn against unseeded Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu. The two pairs have never met, the victors may have to play Japanese seconds seeds Matsumoto and Takahashi in the Last 16. The formidable duo claimed Japan’s first ever Olympic badminton gold medal in Rio.
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