Adcocks seal world bronze but set sights on upgrading colour
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Adcocks seal world bronze but set sights on upgrading colour

25 August 2017 / 19:20

A bronze medal may already be in the bag but an ecstatic Gabby and Chris Adcock aren’t prepared to stop there as they continue on the path to TOTAL BWF World Championship glory.

The Adcocks - newly promoted to world number four - got off to a slow start in their quarter-final clash with Hong Kong opposition, losing the opening game at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

But they bounced back in remarkable style, dictating play and never relinquishing the lead in the second game before sealing the deal in classy fashion in the third, emerging as 16-21 21-13 21-16 victors.

Their delight was transparent as they rushed into the arms of their families in the crowd, and Gabby won’t be coming down from cloud nine any time soon.

“It’s a pretty surreal feeling at the moment, I’m not sure it’s quite sunk in,” she said.

“That’s probably a good thing because we’ve still got another match or hopefully two to play. To secure a medal for England feels pretty amazing.

“The first set was all about getting up to speed with them, they’re such a quick pair out of the blocks and they just applied pressure after pressure.

“If you don’t play good shots against them, it gets punished. In the second set, we were able to dictate by stepping up the court and making their shots harder to play.

“In the third set, Chris was moving very fast, and I think in the end, that is what hurt them.

“I woke up in the morning thinking that there was a possibility that I could win a medal, but I tried not to think that far ahead.

“To come off the court now and have my first world medal - I can’t describe the feeling.”

Plenty more play awaits the married couple, as they look to upgrade their position on the podium in Saturday’s semi-final.

But for Chris, confidence is high they can leap clear of any obstacles that crop up in their path, insisting the home crowd can spur them all the way.

“The crowd were excellent, they were really good today and we really needed them at times,” he said.

“After losing that first set, they really pumped us up. We seem to perform really well when that happens.

“Hopefully they can gee us up tomorrow and we can give them what they deserve, which is hopefully more medals and better colours.

“We feel amazing, it’s a really, really good feeling.

“To have secured a minimum of a bronze, we’ve now got to try and remember that the job isn’t over, but for the time being, we’ll enjoy this feeling and this moment.

“Then we’ll think about the job tomorrow, but we’re very happy right now and to do it alongside Gabby is just the best feeling in the world.”

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