England badminton’s Chris and Gabby Adcock have the opportunity to restore the nation’s faith in sporting semi finals at world level tomorrow after booking their place in the final four of the Toyota Thailand Open – a Super 500 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour.
And, as top seeds, the world ranked six mixed doubles pair will look to put some extra gloss on a sporting summer that has been left craving national success in a racket sport after a Wimbledon fortnight with little to cheer from a British perspective.
Today, in Bangkok, the Adcocks were in dominant form as they secured their second World Tour semi-final in 14 days on an Asian leg in which they have led the European charge. It is also their second semi final in three world level events since retaining their European gold in April.
Whilst the likes of Three Lions footballers Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson have been hailed as heroes out in Russia, in another co-incidential twist with England’s run in Russia, it was another ‘Jordan’ – this time Indonesian badminton star Praveen Jordan - who was looking to halt the Adcock’s progress.
The Indonesian, now playing with new partner Melati Daeva Oktavianti, stood in the way at the last eight stage but to no avail with the English pair winning 21-18 18-21, 21-18.
Significantly, the Adcocks have a perfect record against Jordan, having won all nine encounters against the Indonesian on the world circuit.
After facing Indonesian rivals in all three of the earlier rounds, Chris and Gabby now face third seeds Wang Chi Lin and Lee Chia Hsin from Chinese Taipei for a place in the final tomorrow.
English success at the Thailand Open last came 14 years ago when Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won the mixed doubles title. They remain the last European pairing to win a doubles title at the event.