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Adcocks fly into YONEX All England Open 2018 quarter-finals

Chris and Gabby Adcock kept the crowds on the edge of their seat on day two of the YONEX All England Open 2018 but held their nerve to make it to the quarter-finals.

The husband and wife pairing completed their second win of the week on Thursday, overcoming world No.7 duo Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na 23-21 23-21.

There was however disappoint elsewhere in the draw for the English players as Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith lost out 21-12 21-17 to Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto, whilst Ellis and Chris Langridge were defeated 16-21 23-21 21-12 by Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

That left the success to the returning Adcocks, with the lead in their first game changing hands multiple times before the English duo prevailed via tie-break.

Their Korean opponents dominated the second game before again suffering the same cruel tie-break fate at the death.

The dramatic win is all the more special given that Gabby has only recently returned to full training following a serious ankle injury sustained in January.

"Did I think I'd get to the quarter-finals on my first game back? Absolutely not! So I'm going to be smiling the rest of the way now," said the 27-year-old.

"The physio's doing a great job on me, after each match she's spending an hour-and-a half on my body and before the match as well.

"The ankle is fine though, strapped up, rest, recover and lots of ice and a massage and I'll be raring to go tomorrow."

Despite their lack of match practice together, the Adcocks also delivered a fantastic first-round performance to beat another top-ten rival in the shape of Malaysian pairing Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.

They will now face Japanese duo Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino on Friday night in Birmingham in what will surely be a raucously-supported quarter-final match.

"We've only played him once (Yuta Watanabe) and we hadn't seen him before when we played him," said Chris.

"They're a fantastic pair and they had a great result in the first round so it's going to be a really quick game.

"We know they're fast but we're in the quarter-finals, no easy games from here on in, we're just loving being out there.

"It sounds silly but we are just enjoying being out there even when we're losing!"

The world's best badminton players are in Birmingham for the YONEX All England (14-18 March). For tickets, TV schedule results, & reaction: allenglandbadminton.com

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