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Adock and Bankier win their German quarter-final
15.03.12

Adcock and Bankier win incredible battle of the Brits in Basel

England's Chris Adcock and Scotland's Imogen Bankier had to save three match points before beating GB Olympic rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in an incredible duel at the Swiss Open in Basel today.

Adcock and Bankier took the 68-minute contest 19-21 21-11 25-23 on their second match point.

Both pairs went into the match boosted by a rise in the world rankings after their successes last week in reaching the quarter-finals at the Yonex All England Open Championships.

Adcock and Bankier moved up three places back to No. 14 in today's new list while Wallwork and Robertson went up two places to No. 17.

Had they both won their quarter-finals last week they would have met in the semi-finals. Instead, today's clash was their second meeting with Robertson and Wallwork having come out on top in a three-game contest at the Malaysian Open in January.

Adcock and Bankier now have the chance to consolidate the ranking points advantage they hold over their rivals, which will now increase to at least 2,000 after today's result.

Bankier said: "It was really nerve-racking and so tight. It could have gone either way. But when we were match point down we played really well and saved all three.

"It was one of the hardest matches we have played and was really quite stressful. It was very tense on court and I think we were all quite nervy at the end.

"After this win we don't intend to be complacent. They have been in good form so we want to make the most of another quarter-final appearance. But it's quite hard to lift yourself after a big effort like this.

"We had a similar situation in Korea when we defeated the world champions for the first time then lost in the next round.

"But we learned from that. At the All England last week we beat them again and then followed it up with two more wins.

"It's important that we put that into practice again tomorrow.

"The good thing is that we are not protecting any points in our ranking. We are a relatively new pair so all our ranking points stay on for the remainder of the Olympic qualifying period. But we are keen to consolidate our position over the next month or so."

Adcock said: "We were very nervous all day. There were a lot of emotions flying around. But I think we've made a pretty big statement with this win.

"We knew how important it was for them to win as much as it was for us. It's never nice when people are eating into your cushion of points. But now we will never stop until we have made it.

"Every tournament is important from now until the end of the qualifying period but at least we have made it to another quarter-final.

"It was very important for us to perform (to our best) here because they are a good pair and they showed that today."

Robertson and Wallwork came flying out of the traps in the first game and raced into a 5-0 lead.

They extended their advantage to 9-3 before Adcock and Bankier started working their way back into the game and straight after the interval they won two quick points to be right in contention at 11-9.

Robertson and Wallwork responded to lead 13-9 before Adcock and Bankier finally drew level at 13-13 and there was then nothing between the pairs until Robertson and Wallwork edged clear again at 19-16.

But again the Anglo-Scottish pair responded to win three points in a row to level at 19-19. But they just could not get their noses in front and Robertson and Wallwork built on their first game point to take the opener 21-19.

Adcock and Bankier made the early running in the second game only for Robertson and Wallwork to level at 4-4 before their rivals reeled off five points in a row to lead 9-4 and edged to 11-8 by the interval.

Then they stepped on the accelerator from 12-9 with another five-point burst to 17-9 before levelling the contest 21-11 on their second game point.

In the decider Adcock and Bankier led 3-0 and continued to make the early running before Robertson and Wallwork caught them up and then went ahead for the first time in the game at 9-8 and reached the mid-game interval leading 11-10.

Robertson and Wallwork produced daylight at 14-12 but Adcock and Bankier hit back with a three-point run to lead 15-14 before Robertson and Wallwork levelled again at 15-15 and it went point for point until Robertson and Wallwork gained a match point at 20-19 after an hour on court only for Adcock and Bankier to save it.

Then it was Adcock and Bankier's turn for match point at 21-20 but Robertson and Wallwork survived.

Adcock and Bankier were forced to save another match point at 22-21 and another at 23-22. Their response was a decisive three-point burst to snatch victory on their second match point after 68 mintes.

In the quarter-finals tomorrow Adcock and Bankier will face Vor Japan's Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo, who took just 30 minutes to beat V

England's Chris Adcock and Scotland's Imogen Bankier had to save three match points before beating GB Olympic rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in an incredible duel at the Swiss Open in Basel today.

Adcock and Bankier took the 68-minute contest 19-21 21-11 25-23 on their second match point.

Both pairs went into the match boosted by a rise in the world rankings after their successes last week in reaching the quarter-finals at the Yonex All England Open Championships.

Adcock and Bankier moved up three places back to No. 14 in today's new list while Wallwork and Robertson went up two places to No. 17.

Had they both won their quarter-finals last week they would have met in the semi-finals. Instead, today's clash was their second meeting with Robertson and Wallwork having come out on top in a three-game contest at the Malaysian Open in January.

 

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