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Impressive stars reach Malaysian quarter-finals

Impressive stars reach Malaysian quarter-finals

Chris and Gabby Adcock along with Chris Langridge and Peter Mills produced impressive displays to reach the quarter-finals at the Maybank Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur today.

The Adcock duo produced a devastating third-game display against German pair Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels. 

And once again Chris Langridge and Peter Mills took a leaf out of the Adcocks' book to earn their men's doubles quarter-final place with a battling three-game win over the luckless Fuchs and Johannes Shoettler.

The Adcocks, who are the fifth seeds, took exactly one hour to defeat Fuchs and Michels 23-21 16-21 21-6, avenging their defeat in last year’s Bitburger Open final in the process in their only previous meeting.

The Adcocks had to save game points at 20-19 and 21-20 before taking a close opener with their first game point but Fuchs and Michels hit back to take the second game after leading all the way and building on a 16-8 lead.

But in the decider the Adcocks roared into a 10-0 lead before standing at the brink of victory on 20-3. They let three match points slip by but took the contest on their fourth to earn a quarter-final tomorrow against China’s top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei or Korean pair Lee Yong Dae and Seung Chan Shin.

Mills and Langridge needed 74 minutes to overcome Fuchs and Schoettler and book their quarter-final place 21-13 19-21 21-14.

The English National champions began well to take the first game and were within two points of victory at 19-19 in the second before the German pair snatched it.

There was nothing to choose between the pairs in the first half of the deciding game but from 9-9 Langridge and Mills edged away to take the contest.

That earned them a revenge match with V. Shem Goh and Lim Khim Wah, the pair who defeated them in last week's Victor Korea Open first round. The Malaysians also knocked out second seeds and Korea champions Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the first round in Kuala Lumpur.

England's other top men's doubles pair Adcock and Andy Ellis may have already gone out of the Malaysia tournament but today they were rewarded for reaching the Korea semi-finals last week when they moved up three places to 10th in the world rankings.

That will set them in good heart for the Yonex All England Open Championships, held from March 4-9 at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena in the second Premier Superseries event of the year.

The Maybank Malaysian Open is the first of five Premier events on the MetLife BWF World Superseries circuit 2014.

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