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Goosebumps aplenty as Adcocks get into the winning groove

Goosebumps were aplenty for Chris and Gabby Adcock in Glasgow as their bid for TOTAL BWF World Badminton Championship glory began in comprehensive style by reaching the mixed doubles last 16.

The Emirates Arena has provided many a happy hunting ground for the pair, the venue in which they picked up Commonwealth Games gold three years ago.

Their form was not to desert them on day two of the Worlds either, victorious 21-10 21-13 against France’s Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo in an assured fashion befitting their fifth seed status.

It was a mature, professional performance - exactly the tonic amid a cauldron of drama and excitement that followed the shock early round exit of Lee Chong Wei right before them on court.

“We’re really happy with how we played there, it could have been a tricky one being the first match of the tournament and getting to know the arena,” said Gabby.

“But we executed the plan very well and were clinical, that was important.

“We love playing in this arena, it brings back some great memories of the Commonwealth Games, it was a bit of a goosebump moment going out there for the World Championships.”

Next up on Thursday is a clash with Japanese 11th seeds Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara, a challenge set to be tougher than those experienced to date.

And with that contest there is a feeling of taking things one game at a time for the pair, though they remain hopeful that a place on court later in the week is a real possibility.

“I don’t think there was anymore pressure than what we put on ourselves, we always want to perform and people want that for us as well, which is a nice feeling,” said Chris.

“We’re just going to take it one game at a time because we know anything can happen.

“We’ll be focussing on one point and one game at a time and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the week.”

It wasn’t to be for Toby Penty however, as he put up an impressive fight before falling to sixth seed Chou Tien Chen.

Three-set thrillers seemed to be the order of the day as Jenny Moore and Viki Williams fell to a heartbreaking defeat in similar fashion, while Ben Lane and Jess Pugh also took to the court for the final time, missing out 21-12 21-10 to Korean opposition.