Chris and Gabby Adcock ended their Dubai World Superseries Finals campaign in fine fashion with victory in their last round robin match.
The world number five pair will miss out on the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time since 2013 but ensured they will return home with a win under their belts after a 21-13 21-16 success over Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing.
The Adcocks – champions in 2015 – controlled from the very start against the Malaysians, racing into an early lead with Tan and Lai unable to reel in their dominant opponents.
But they found their feet in the second game, leading comfortably until the Adcocks pulled them back at 12-12.
From there it was advantage to the English pair once again, scoring seven consecutive points on their way to sealing the second game and wrapping up the victory.
Next year will see the BWF Superseries circuit undergo a revamp and will be known as the ‘World Tour’ – with the season-ending finals set to move away from Dubai.
And while their final tournament there didn’t go exactly to plan, the Adcocks were delighted to finish on a high.
“Happy to finish here on a win, although unfortunately it wasn’t enough for us to progress through to the semis,” Chris wrote on Instagram.
“We played a good game against the Malaysians and came through in two sets.
“We definitely had a chance to make it through here again, especially in our first match, but credit to the Chinese and the Indonesians who played well and took their chances.
“Dubai has been a great hunting ground for us in the last four years, such a shame it’s the last year here.”
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