Chris and Gabby Adcock celebrated reaching a new career high world ranking of four in the best possible fashion this evening – by booking their place in the quarter finals of the World Championships.
The Adcocks received the welcome rankings boost on Thursday morning and then put on a display of their world class ability to defeat Japan’s Kazuno and Kurihara 21-15, 21-16.
It was a victory that maintained their 100% win record over their opponents, which also included a straight games win at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai last December.
In Glasgow, and from the outset, it was a controlled, mature performance that balanced impressive counter attack and stunning net play with fluidity and strong communication on court.
Not that you would know it from the Adcocks post match reaction as they came off court. For them, it was a case of ‘job done’.
“I’d definitely say it wasn’t our prettiest performance ever,” Gabby said. “It was definitely an up and down match. There were patches where we good and patches where we didn’t play so well, lacked concentration and went a bit off plan but overall we are very happy to get through.
“We know our next match is going to be tough but we will fight all the way.”
The Adcocks aim of world glory was given further boost on Thursday morning when fourth seeds Zhang Nan, the reigning world champion, and new partner Li Yinhui were unexpectedly knocked out.
That upset of sorts leaves the Adcocks now facing Hong Kong’s world number 14 pair, Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, for a guaranteed world medal.
They have only met once previously with the Hong Kong pair enjoying the spoils in a 21-19, 22-20 win at the YONEX Sunrise Hong Kong Open in November.
“We’ve played them once before and we lost, so it’s going to be really tough. They beat the two-time Olympic champion a round earlier so they’re clearly playing well" said Chris.
“We lost to them a long time ago and it was probably one of our worst performances, but we know they’re a world-class pair and they’ve been coming into good form recently, so it’s always going to be tough.
“It’s the quarter final of the World Championships and if it wasn’t tough it wouldn’t be right, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
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