Chris and Gabby Adcock’s hopes of reaching the YONEX Denmark Open came to an end on Saturday afternoon as they missed out in their semi final to the reigning European champions in Odense.
The Adcocks, who were nearing their dominant best in yesterday's quarter final win, have impressed in Denmark.
But their march at the Superseries Premier event was halted by long-term rivals Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen as the home duo won 21-16, 21-18 to close in on a fourth Denmark Open title.
Saturday’s semi final was a repeat of a Rio 2016 group stage meeting when the Adcocks recorded their first career win over the London 2012 Olympic bronze medallists with a 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 victory on that occasion.
However, despite leading at the 11-point interval in both games and with a 18-14 lead in the second end, the English pair were unable to make it back to back wins against the Danes, who have now won five of their last six meetings.
That head to head record also includes a Danish victory at the semi final stage of the YONEX All England in Birmingham last March.
The English married couple were seeded fourth for the tournament in Odense and booked their place in the last four with an impressive 21-18, 21-12 win over Li Junhui and Bao Yixin of China on Friday night.
Speaking via Twitter, Gabby Adcock said: "Good week to build from, but can't help feeling disappointed that we didn't capitalise on our lead in the second set.
"I felt we really built our way into the match but the cheap points cost us!
"Already looking forward to the French Open! Love playing in Paris! "
The Adcocks will play Korea's Yoo Yeon Seong and Chang Ye Na when the YONEX French Open gets under way next week.
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