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Tough test for Danish duo

Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (below), who captured their first BWF OSIM World Superseries women’s doubles crown when they won the Maybank Malaysia Open last month, will have their work cut out at the Yonex All England Championships.

The Danish pair will have to face the top two pairs in the world – Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang and Zhao Yunlei-Tian Qing – who missed the Malaysia Open, when they compete in the final Superseries Premier tournament before the end of the qualification period to the London Olympics ends in May.

The Europeans are seeded seventh for the All England and have been drawn in the bottom half where they are likely to meet second seeds Zhao Yunlei-Tian Qing in the quarter-finals.

Also in their half of the draw are third seeds Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung of South Korea and sixth seeded Japanese duo Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito.

World champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang will be one of five world champions in action in Birmingham. The others are Lin Dan (men’s singles), Wang Yihan (women’s singles), Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (men’s doubles) and Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (mixed doubles).

Of the five world champions, only Lin Dan (left), will not be the top seed in England as he has to contend with archrival Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who defeated him in last year’s final.

World No. 1 Chong Wei, who also won this tournament in 2010, is aiming to be the first Malaysian since the late Wong Peng Soon (1950-1952) to win a hattrick of All England crowns.

The draw has been kind to Chong Wei as two other Chinese stars – Chen Long (third seed) and Chen Jin (fifth seed) – are in the bottom half with Lin Dan.

Chong Wei will begin his defence with a match against former world junior champion Wang Zhengming and has former champion Peter Gade of Denmark, Sho Sasaki of Japan and Lee Hyun Il of South Korea in his half of the draw.

Fourth seed Gade, who is fighting to maintain his position as the world No. 4, needs a good run in the tournament to fend off the challenge.

For full details on the draw, click here.

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