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YONEX All England Badminton 2016: Adcocks maintain superb form to reach semi-finals

YONEX All England Badminton 2016: Adcocks maintain superb form to reach semi-finals

World number seven's Chris and Gabby Adcock ousted Indonesia’s three-time champions to keep their mixed doubles bid firmly on track after a brilliant display at the YONEX All England Championships.

The Adcocks beat Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 21-18, 21-16 as they atoned for last year's defeat at the same stage to become the first British players to reach the last four of the sport’s oldest event since 2008, to the delight of a packed Barclaycard Arena.

The Superseries champions will now meet Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark - who the Adcocks have never beaten - for a place in Sunday’s final.

“We’ve broken the quarter-final curse and to be able to be playing on the Saturday and not watching on television is a great feeling,” said Chris.

“We’ve gradually played better as the tournament has gone on and right now we’re over the moon to play in the semis of our favourite event. We are a bit overwhelmed but it’s an amazing feeling."

The rivals had two wins apiece in their last four meetings, but here the Adcocks were right on their game and never let the Indonesians find a run of note.

They won the first with patient build-up play coupled with tight interchange, holding pivotal two to three-point leads.

In the second, the Indonesians racked up several errors thanks to some piercing smashes from Chris. They reached match point thanks to a delightful cross-court drop from Gabby and were soon celebrating wildly when the Indonesians netted.

Chris admitted: “We made it hard for the Indonesians and probably played the best against them tonight."

Meanwhile, the Indonesians said that they felt "oppressed" by the Adcocks play. "They felt more confident this year, especially in front of their home crowd," said Liliyana.

On the semi-finals and their Danish opponents, Chris said: “They are world-class. We’ve haven’t played them too much but it will be a special day.” 

It also looks set to be a wonderful atmosphere thanks to the large Danish travelling contingent in the Barclaycard Arena this week. The weekend is now a complete sell out.

Eurosport are broadcasting the 2016 YONEX All England. Schedule and info here

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