Chris Adcock admitted there was no shame in losing to Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda with Andy Ellis in the second round of the men’s doubles draw at badminton’s World Championships.
Adcock and Ellis, the 14th seeds, went down 18-21 21-17 21-15 in 58 minutes against Japanese duo Kamura and Sonoda, who are ranked just five places below them at world number 17.
Commonwealth bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Peter Mills also bowed out in the second round of that draw, losing 21-14 21-11 to the No.8 seeds from China Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan.
And in the evening session Rajiv Ouseph failed to build on his first-round defeat of 16th seed Chong Wei Feng in the men’s singles as he lost to Kidambi Srikanth of India 21-18 21-13 in 35 minutes.
Adcock is England’s sole survivor at the World Championships, still in the last 16 of the mixed doubles with wife Gabby, but he insisted he and Ellis had met more than worthy opponents in the men’s doubles.
“We got level with them at 14-14 but they had the run of the next cord at quite a big point,” said Adcock. “We have lost to a pretty good pair there. They put us under a lot of pressure and we didn’t handle it well.”
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