Chris and Gabby Adcock are no strangers to strong performances in Dubai and they are hoping the World Superseries Finals 2017 will be no different.
Having missed out on retaining their title last year, the duo are looking to return to winning ways when they take to the Hamdan Sports Complex courts from 13 -17 December.
Having become the first British players to reach a final at the end-of-year showdown in 2015, the world number five pair have secured the sixth spot on the Destination Dubai rankings.
The finale will feature the world’s best players battling it out for the end of season crown but the English mixed doubles stars know that reaching a third consecutive final will be no easy task.
Chris said: “The best eight pairs in the world will be there so it’s always tough but we are excited by the challenge!”
Having competed in nine Superseries events so far this year, securing their plane ticket to Dubai was a momentous achievement for the pair.
Chris said: “Going to the Superseries Finals in Dubai is always an amazing experience. It truly sets the benchmark for all tournaments throughout the year. It’s an event that each year we are so happy and excited to qualify for.
“We have a good history with this tournament. Winning in 2015 has been one of our career highlights. We hope to go there, enjoy ourselves and hopefully put in some good performances.”
The draw will be made on Monday 11 December however the full list of qualifying partnerships are below:
1. Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen (China)
2. Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong (China)
3. Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
4. Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong)
5. Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto (Indonesia)
6. Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (England)
7. Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing (Malaysia)
8. Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara (Japan)
Chris and Gabby Adcock start their European title defence on Day One of the 2018 European Championships - and its one of six matches with English interest.