England’s hopes of landing a third Superseries title ended in disappointment today when Chris and Gabby Adcock bowed out in the quarter-finals of the Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.
In the last match of the quarter-finals the second seed, who won the Hong Kong title in November, fell to fifth seeds Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah.
The match had started so well for the England pair, who dominated from the start to take the opening game 21-15. But their Hong Kong opponents won a tight second game to force a decider despite the Adcocks recovering from 19-15 down to draw level at 19-19.
The Commonwealth Games medal hopes roared out of the blocks in the decider, taking a 4-0 lead but their opponents responded immediately and turned the tables to lead 9-7.
The Adcocks led again at 14-12 but that was the last time they were ahead as Lee and Chau surged again and clinched the 51-minute contest with a four-point burst to earn a semi-final against German eighth seeds Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels.
The Adcocks were England’s last hopes in Japan but the squad now move on to Jakarta for next week’s BCA Indonesian Open, one of the five Premier events on the MetLife BWF Superseries circuit. The England pair are fifth seeds in Jakarta.
There was a second big win for Hong Kong today when eighth men’s singles seed Hu Yun beat China’s second seed and 2013 Yonex All England champion Chen Long 18-21 21-19 21-15.
Denmark’s third seed Jan O Jorgensen defeated reigning world and Olympic champion Lin Dan 21-19 13-21 21-16. But Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei remained on course to live up to his top seeding by beating Rajiv Ouseph’s conquereror Tommy Sugiarto 21-15 12-21 21-17.
For all today’s results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com