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YONEX All England Badminton 2016: Adcocks stroll into last eight


Chris and Gabby Adcock moved into their third successive YONEX All England quarter-final after a clinical and highly convincing performance at the Barclaycard Arena on Thursday afternoon.

The world number seven pair came out to noisy home support and attacked from the start against Kim Gi Jung and Shin Seung Chan before overcoming the Koreans 21-12, 21-17.

“We are really happy that we came out strongly and then pushed on. To come out in two comfortable sets is very pleasing,” said Chris.

The top English shuttlers harried the Koreans from the start and soon found themselves 11-4 up. The rallies seemed to go by in a blur as the Adcocks pushed their opponents on the back foot.

The second was much tighter as the Koreans unsurprisingly changed their tactics. But the English duo maintained their advantage, forcing the errors and soon made sure of their passage after 35 minutes of high quality badminton.

They will now play Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, the second seeds and three-time champions.

The meeting will renew their fierce rivalry and the Adcocks will also be relishing the prospect of exacting revenge against the Indonesians after last year’s defeat at the same stage.

“We want to go a step further. It will be tough and hopefully it will be our year,” said Gabby, who also admitted that the two of them are a “more rounded pair” since winning the BWF Superseries Finals.

“We can beat anybody on the day and we will be very confident when we go on.

“I hope we enjoy the crowd and pull of a win against them. We can’t wait.”

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, who played superbly on the opening day to reach the last 16, are in action later, also against Korean opponents.

The unseeded English partnership face seventh-seeded Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang, recent finalists at the Thailand Masters event.

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