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Adcock demonstrates strength in depth at All England Open

March 7, 2014 10:14 am

Chris Adcock insists he has the strength in depth to match the world’s best after a day of mixed emotions at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships on Thursday.

Much like Wednesday, Adcock was in action twice 24 hours later in Birmingham and began the day with a comfortable victory in the mixed doubles with wife Gabby.

The couple barely broke a sweat as they disposed of Germany duo Peter Kaesbauer and Isabel Herttrich 21-13, 21-15 in 31 minutes to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

However the tides were turned as he teamed up with Andrew Ellis in the men’s doubles later in the day – the English pair falling 21-12, 21-10 to Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan.

But, with his All England Open campaign still very much alive with wife Gabby, Adcock, who won world silver with Scot Imogen Bankier in 2011, is adamant he has the reserves to keep it that way.

“I had two long matches on Wednesday with three sets but we train harder than what we play out there so I showed,” he said.

“Gabby and I recovered well on Wednesday night and put in a good performance and were a little bit more disciplined.

“I’m glad that we’ve not played our best yet because obviously the best is yet to come next and who knows after that.

“We’re happy because we are in the quarter-finals which is where we wanted to be at the start of the week and that is brilliant.”

Elsewhere, Gabby Adcock also lost her second match of the day in the women’s doubles with Lauren Smith – Indonesians Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth and Rizki Amelia Pradipta winning that second-round clash 21-17, 21-14.

Rajiv Ouseph also fell in the second round of the men’s singles – Kento Momota of Japan getting the better of the British No.1 21-15, 21-10 at the NIA in Birmingham.

And the last English action of the day saw Chris Langridge and Peter Mills take the first game against Indonesian men’s doubles top seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan but lose the next two – the eventual result 8-21, 21-17, 21-14.

© Sportsbeat 2014