Center Parcs – supported Team England star Andy Ellis insisted he was “ecstatic” after beating world number 1 pair, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen during the European Team Championships in Moscow – a victory dubbed “the best of our career by far” according to Chris Adcock.
The English men’s doubles pair have faced a number of feisty affairs with the London 2012 silver medallists over the past 12 months – including the latest head to head , a 28-26, 20-22, 19-21 defeat at the Yonex Denmark Open in October - but never quite got over the winning line with the Danes holding an unblemished 4-0 record going into Saturday’s semi final clash in Moscow.
So the 16-21, 22-20, 21-19 win - another epic ‘ding dong battle’ as Andy Ellis eloquently put it pre-match - was met with real excitement despite Center Parcs - supported Team England’s close overall 3-2 loss to Denmark.
Speaking after the encounter, Ellis said “It’s something we have aimed for for a long time and we’ve been knocking at the door. We’ve been doing it week in week out against the top boys in the world and to have not won anything before now against the top 5, that’s what it’s all about for me.
“I was so up for it, I really couldn’t wait to play them and I’m ecstatic that we’ve won. The Russian guys were cheering for us and we had all the English support – it was just amazing”.
Likewise, Chris Adcock also struggled to mask his joy at the victory, added “It’s an amazing feeling. We’ve come very very close against Boe and Mogensen so many times and, even when we’ve been in control of matches, we’ve let them back.
"But here [Russia], we managed to stay cool for the last couple of points and I’m very very happy. It’s by far the best win of our career so far.
“To win against Boe and Mogensen is a huge achievement for us and to do it with an English shirt on our backs makes it all the more special.
"They are, at the minute, by far the best pair in the world and for us to know we can play at that level, we are very happy”.
Adcock and Ellis will now turn their attentions to the Yonex German Open next week as they ramp up their preparations ahead of the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the NIA, Birmingham (5-10 March).