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England Groom Youngsters

England's next generation of badminton players must travel plenty of miles over the next couple of weeks as they try to gain as much experience as they can on the international circuit.

With the international tournament calendar resuming after the Olympic Games, Badminton England are sending their rising stars to the Belgian International, followed by the Taiwan Grand Prix.

The squad is led by national women's singles champion Elizabeth Cann. She is hoping to go one better than last year when she reached the final, only to lose to Ukraine's Larissa Griga.

The women's and mixed doubles pairs are also looking for a repeat of previous performances. Last year, Jo Nicholas and Natalie Munt won the women's doubles title, with Nicholas also teaming up with Chris Langridge to take the mixed title.

However, England will be represented by different faces in this year's event with both Munt and Nicholas having since retired from international events.

And they will want to do their best to impress the selectors as the road to the London Olympics in 2012 opens up almost as soon as the Beijing Games have closed.

The youngsters will be joined by some of the more established English players for the Taiwan Open, which starts on September 9, and then the Japan Open and China Masters.

World number 18 Andrew Smith will attempt to make an impact in Asia while Robert Blair and Scottish player Imogen Bankier will also look to win honours.

Apart from singles, Blair will be playing in the men's doubles with Chris Adcock, who is a world junior silver medallist with Gabby White.

Adcock and White will join the experienced pair of David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan in Taiwan and Japan.

England are among the top European teams, with probably only Denmark having a stronger tradition.

However, European players failed to make an impact at the recently concluded Olympic Games as Asian shuttlers dominated the medals.

Even England's celebrated mixed doubles pair of Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, failed to get in the medals this time in Beijing.

England's world junior silver medallists Chris Adcock and Gabby White will also continue to gain experience in the big events as they tackle Taiwan and Japan along with the more experienced pairing of David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan.

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