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Adcocks bow out of French Open

Gabby and Chris Adcock bowed out of the French Open after suffering a semi-final defeat in Paris.

The English duo were beaten by Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti 21-19 21-12 who moved up to fourth place in the world rankings.

But that takes little away from the Adcocks enjoying a fantastic run to the last four beating Japanese pair Takuro Hoki and Wakana Nagahara in a thrilling quarter-final.

The English duo had previously beaten South Korean fourth seeds Seung Jae Seo and YuJung Chae 23-21 18-21 21-14 to reach the quarter-finals and Indian partners Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy 21-13 21-18 in their competition opener.

Elsewhere Jess Pugh and Ben Lane were up against Japanese opposition in third-seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino but were beaten 17-21 22-20 21-19 to deny them a spot in the semi-finals.

Pugh and Lane were ranked 27th in the world coming into the event and managed to push past eighth seeded Indonesians Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the last-eight with an impressive 21-12 17-21 21-15 win.

Lane was also in action alongside his doubles partner Sean Vendy but saw their run halted by Chinese pair Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen after a 22-20 21-15 defeat in the second round.

Marcus Ellis was the victim of two knockouts in one day as he and partner Chris Langridge were defeated by Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Watanabe before a second defeat in the mixed doubles alongside Lauren Smith, this time 21-17 21-15 to Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

And Chloe Birch and Smith were on the unfortunate end of the draw as they were dealt Japanese top seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakan Nagahara resulting in a 21-19 21-16 defeat.