GB badminton’s two leading mixed doubles pairs will go head to head for European Games gold tomorrow as Chris and Gabby Adcock take on Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith for top honours in Minsk.
Both pairs, seeded one and two – won their semi finals on Saturday morning to set up a repeat of the Commonwealth Games gold medal match from 14 months ago on the Gold Coast – a fixture then won in three by the Adcocks.
The Adcocks, first up on the event’s penultimate day, won 21-8 21-18 against Ireland’s Chloe and Sam Magee, who take home a well earned bronze and plaudits for their performances across the week. However, the Adcocks were red hot favourites and justified that billing with a convincing performance in which they were rarely troubled by their rivals.
"We will come out fighting tomorrow" Chris Adcock said post match - and he, alongside Gabby, will be well aware they will need to be on top of their game tomorrow against Ellis and Smith.
The two GB pairs know each others game well and only one place splits them in the current world rankings.
Ellis and Smith made their way to the all GB final with a over French duo Gilquel and Delrue 21-19 21-12 to guarantee both gold and silver for Team GB.
Both Smith and Ellis have already bagged medals in Minsk; Smith won silver with Chloe Birch whilst, late on Saturday, Ellis became mens' doubles champion alongside Chris Langridge.
"We've got better as the week has gone on and that is promising for tomorrow. We are looking forward to the final." Ellis said.
The Mixed Doubles final is expected to be live on BT Sport tomorrow morning.