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Adcock: We've learnt how to handle pressure

Gabby Adcock believes she and husband Chris have learnt to handle pressure on court since winning Commonwealth gold in Glasgow four years ago.

But that that pressure will ramp up a few extra notches in the small hours of tomorrow morning when the reigning Commonwealth champions face Australia’s Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa – the seventh seeds - for a place in the semi finals.

Nothing fuels the Australian sporting psyche more than defying odds and when those odds are stacked on an English win, that adds extra spice.

The Adcocks do, at least, know what they can expect by way of reception. They have only faced the Australians once previously but, significantly, that was at the Australian Open in 2015.

They won at a canter that day.

However, Mapasa impressed during the group stages here and the world number 36 pair will know they will have vociferous home support behind them this time, all baying for an upset.

The Adcocks though have not been overly challenged nor tested so far on the Gold Coast. Their appetite, professionalism and, ultimately, world class form in evidence throughout the team and early stages of the individual event.

Chris made comment of a ‘harder match that other games we’ve had here’ but even during the relatively comfortable 28 minutes in which they secured their quarter-final berth, England’s world top 10 pair were at ease with the task in hand against talented rivals from Singapore.

Relaxed even.

Speaking after the 21-16, 21-17 win over Jason Wong Guang Liang and Ong Ren-Ne, Gabby said “We’re definitely more experienced since 2014.

"We are a lot more rounded for sure.

“We’ve learnt a lot since [Glasgow]. Four years is a long time. Dealing with pressure is something we've learnt how to handle."


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