Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge produced a rousing performance at the YONEX All England Championships as they became the second English pair to reach the quarter-finals, joining Chris and Gabby Adcock in an eagerly-anticipated session on Friday night.
Ellis and Langridge, displaying their famed on-court passion to a jubilant Barclaycard Arena, beat Korea's seventh seeds, Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang, after a riveting three-game men's doubles win.
The unseeded English national champions, who played superbly on the opening day to reach the last 16, prevailed 14-21, 21-15, 21-16 and will now face top seeded pair Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yoo Seong, also of Korea.
Their win matched England’s previous best showing at the sport’s oldest event when two home pairs reached the last eight in 2010.
“I have played here a million times and I’ve never made the quarters. We are dead chuffed,” said Langridge.
“They are sixth in the world but we played some of the best badminton of our careers. We are really dangerous when we find that little bit extra to beat the top players."
“It all worked out absolutely perfectly,” admitted Ellis as the pair reached their first major quarter-final since their World Championship run last year.
Ahead of their clash against Lee and Yoo, who won multiple titles in 2015 but spent 98 minutes on court on Thursday, Ellis added: “They will be tired and we want that extra man on Friday night. When it comes to the crunch anyone can win it on the day.”
After losing the first, the English duo upped the pace and found confidence and rhythm in their game plan.
The decider was played at a frantic pace at times. They carved open a 17-10 lead and kept the Koreans deep and on the back foot.
On match point, the crowd witnessed the celebrations which had been a hallmark of their world run in Jakarta: Ellis falling to his knees and Langridge going on a victory jog courtside.
“I am one of the older guys so each performance means so much more these days,” admitted Langridge.
“The All England means so much with the heritage – speak to any player – so fingers crossed this performance will propel us forward.”
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