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Adcock and Bankier power into Swiss semi-finals
Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier can expect to go up in the world after reaching the semi-finals of the Swiss Open in Basel.
The Anglo-Scottish pair, who defeated GB rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork yesterday, were too strong for Japan's Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo, winning 21-9 21-19.
And reaching the semi-finals or better now guarantees a ranking boost from No. 14 as they look to widen the gap on Olympic rivals Robertson and Wallwork, who are at No. 17 in the world rankings with just over six weeks to go to the end of the year-long qualifying race.
Adcock and Bankier were always in control in the first game against the Japanese pair, leading from the off and taking it in just 10 minutes. From the 11-7 interval they allowed their opponents just two more points before closing out the game.
The second game was tighter with the pairs level at 6-6 but Adcock and Bankier eased away to lead 15-8.
Their only anxious moments came at 20-15, at which point the Japanese pair saved four match points before Adcock and Bankier sealed their semi-final place.
In the last four they will face Yonex All England champions and top seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, who beat fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying 21-19 18-21 25-23 on their fourth match point.
They looked to have the deciding game under control when leading 15-8 but the Malaysians turned it round to hold two match points at 20-18 before the Indonesians staged a great fightback.
Adcock and Bankier can go into their semi-final with confidence having beaten the Indonesian pair in straight games in the semi-finals on the way to their Yonex BWF world silver medal last August at Wembley.