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Antonsen ready for World stage

With Viktor Axelsen missing through a back injury, fellow Dane Anders Antonsen will be a strong contender in the men’s singles of the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships.

He has enjoyed a mixed season, with some superb performances, including beating the Japanese prowess of reigning world champion Kento Momota in the Indonesian Masters earlier this year.

The fifth seed begins his quest next week in Basel against Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon and could meet China’s Chen Long or Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in the quarter-finals.

World number one men’s doubles pair, Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo will be looking to improve on their quarter-final exit from last year. They have received a bye in the first round and will face the winner of Chung Yonny and Tam Chun Hei or Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae.

In-form Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be hot on their heels in the other half of the draw though and could steal the show after an impressive year on the world tour.

Maiden title

With the absence of reigning world champion, Spain’s Carolina Marin, the 2018 silver medallist P.V Sindhu will be looking to capitalise as she eyes a maiden world title. The Indian shuttler begins her tournament with a bye followed by a clash against Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri.

Following last year’s Japanese dominance in the women’s doubles, world number one pairing Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara will be looking to retain their title in Basel next week. They could come up against strong Dutch pair Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen in the second round.

The mixed doubles draw sees world number one pair Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong receive a bye before meeting Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich or home favourites Switzerland’s Oliver Schaller and Celine Burkart.

England are represented with three pairings – the Adcocks, Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis and Ben Lane and Jess Pugh.

The action gets underway on Monday 19th August at the St. Jakobshalle Basel and will run through to Sunday 25th August.