With World and European medals already in the bank for 2017, Chris and Gabby Adcock will be targeting another extended run at this week’s YONEX Sunrise Hong Kong Open.
England’s sole representatives, the Adcocks will aim to better their quarter-final appearance last year where they were beaten by home shuttlers Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet.
This time around they are seeded third and begin their campaign against Danish pair Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen.
It is a tough start for the English team, with experienced pair Christiansen and Pedersen no strangers to the podium themselves.
The two pairings have never played each other although the Adcocks did triumph over Pedersen and her then partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen in April’s European Championship final in the Danes’ own back yard.
That victory in Kolding followed a bronze at the European Mixed Team Championships in Lubin, Poland – a tournament won by a Denmark team containing Christiansen and Pedersen.
If they get past Pedersen and Christiansen in Hong Kong, the Adcocks will face either Chinese pair Zhang Nan and Liu Xuanxuan or Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia in the second round.
The first seeded opponents the English duo can face would be South Korea’s seventh seeds Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na, mixed doubles winners in both 2017 Chinese Taipei and U.S. Open, in the quarter-finals.
Top seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia are in the Adcocks’ side of the draw and if the results go to form, the world champions will have to be negotiated if the gold medal is to come back to England.
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