Aganthangelou on course to meet badminton greats

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If Cann, who is unseeded for the tournament – despite being the 2005 champion – makes it through to the second round she will face Sarah Walker of Essex in what is sure to be a tough match with both girls ranked in the top ten at the end of last year.

And if Cann, representing Middlesex, progresses to the quarter-finals she will come up against second seed Michelle Cheung of Buckinghamshire, a favourite to win the competition.

Jersey’s Mariana Agathangelou will also face Sarah Walker, this time with partner Gabby White in the women’s doubles.

Walker and Katie Comras are their first round opponents but if they progress into the next round they could face second seeds Natalie Munt and Jo Nicholas in what will be the quarter-finals.

Agathangelou is also drawn in the mixed doubles with Andrew Ellis of Yorkshire.

They received a bye into the second round where they will play either Harry Wright and Hayley Connor or Dean George and Elizabeth Brett.

However, the most exciting challenge for Agathangelou will arise if the mixed pair make it through to the quarter-finals where they could face Olympic silver medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, the top seeds for the event.

Play starts at the Manchester Velodrome on Friday.

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