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Narrow defeats for English stars in Indonesia

Rajiv Ouseph and Chris and Gabby Adcock were unable to keep their strong BCA Indonesia Open runs going as they both lost out after deciding games in Friday’s quarter-finals.

The first of the English players on court on Friday, Ouseph started brightly before losing out to Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai while the Adcocks were then defeated by Chinese duo Liu Yuchen and Tang Jinhua.

European champion Ouseph had been in promising form in Indonesia, recording an impressive win over fifth seed – and 2017 YONEX All England finalist – Shi Yuqi in the previous round.

And he appeared to have carried that over into Friday’s quarter-final, surging to a 21-13 first-game win with little challenge from his opponent in what was their first ever meeting.

The second game was a much tighter affair, with Ouseph rapidly reeling in Sakai midway through, before a late push from the Japanese shuttler saw him win 21-16 and restore parity in this last eight clash.

But it wasn’t to be for Ouseph, struggling to match the form of his opponent in the decider as Sakai wrapped it up 21-10 to seal his spot in the semi-finals.

Unlike Ouseph, the Adcocks, seeded fifth, were slightly slower starting their match, with Liu and Tang taking the opening game 21-11 – a run of five consecutive points handing them a crucial advantage.

However the English duo, who were crowned European Champions earlier this year, battled back in a tight second game to level the match 21-17.

But their Chinese opponents were unmoved and six consecutive points in the deciding game again put them in charge, as they sealed their place in the semi-finals with a score of 21-16.

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