Chris Adcock admitted he and wife Gabby did not do themselves justice as their bid to add a World Badminton Championship mixed doubles medal to their Commonwealth title came to an end.
England’s last hope in Copenhagen, the Adcocks lost 21-16 26-24 to Cheng Liu and Yixin Bao in the last 16 despite saving six match points in the second game and holding a game point at 24-23.
The Adcocks, seeded fourth, had never lost to the Chinese duo before and Chris, who won world mixed doubles silver with Imogen Bankier in 2011, insisted they got what they deserved.
He said: “We didn’t play very well. We didn’t perform to our best. We put pressure on ourselves to play well at big events but unfortunately we did not perform well enough.”
The Adcocks have had a busy summer with the Commonwealth Games only finishing in Glasgow earlier this month but Gabby was reluctant to use that as an excuse for their performance.
“We were well below par. We played terribly but almost managed to take that second set. Against a pair like that we can’t afford to play that poorly,” she said.
“We haven’t had the ideal preparation but that’s no excuse. We felt confident going into this tournament after doing so well at the Commonwealths. We were fine physically but it’s quite difficult mentally.”
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