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BANNER - Gabby White Yonex

White wins cliffhanger on way to a double in Mulheim

New English National women's doubles champions Gabby White and Lauren Smith pulled off an incredible win at the Yonex German Open in Mulheim this afternoon.

The recently formed pairing knocked out the sixth seeds, and world no 10 pair, Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Vichitchaikul from Thailand in a three-game battle where they saved nine match points when trailing 20-11 in the second game after losing a close first game.

They overturned that deficit to hold match point at 21-20 before levelling the contest at their second opportunity.

There was little to choose between the pairs in the deciding game up to 11-11 but then the England duo pulled away to score a 19-21, 23-21, 21-16 victory after 60 minutes.

The win, which White later insisted she was "over the moon" with on Twitter , earned them a second-round clash tomorrow with German pair Johanna Golizzewski and Birgit Michels or Canada's Grace Gao and Michelle Li.

White had already begun the day with victory in the mixed doubles with Chris Adcock when they toppled Croatian pair Zvonimir Durkinjak and Stasa Poznanovic 21-12, 24-22 and next meet India's Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa.

Adcock was also bidding for his second win of the day when he and Andy Ellis, fresh from beating world No1s Matthias Boe and Carsten Mogensen at the European Team Championships in Moscow two weeks ago, took on Indonesia's Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Muhammad Ulinnuha.

They took a comfortable first game 21-12 as they looked for vital preparation for next week's Yonex All England Open Championships in Birmingham. But the Indonesians levelled the contest by taking the second 21-16.

Then Adcock and Ellis ran into trouble after taking the first point of the decider. They quickly trailed 7-2 and although the pairs were level at 11-11 Adcock and Ellis could not get ahead of the Indonesians, who held the first of their two match points at 20-19.

But Adcock and Ellis, ranked six places higher than their opponents at No. 23 in the world, used all their experience to grind out victory. But it only came on their fifth match point 21-12 16-21 27-25 after 60 minutes, the same duration as White and Smith's marathon women's doubles.

Adcock and Ellis now face Korean third seeds Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang.

Team-mate Marcus Ellis had already moved into the second round when he and Scotland's Paul Van Rietvelde won a close contest with Malaysian pair Ong Soon Hock and Gan Teik Chai 21-17, 21-17. They will now take on Chinese seventh seeds Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan or Germany's Michael Fuchs and Oliver Roth.

The England winning streak was maintained by Rajiv Ouseph as the six-times National champion defeated Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long 21-16 21-5 to reach the last 16.

Ouseph will now wait for the winner of the contest between Ireland's Scott Evans or third seed Sho Sasaki, the Japanese player taken to three games last night by young England prospect Toby Penty.

There was disappointment for National mixed doubles champions Chris Langridge and Heather Olver, who lost a three-game tussle with Malaysia's Ong Jian Guo and Lim Yin Loo 21-19 13-21 21-17.

In the evening session Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham had to retire from their men's doubles match with Austria's top pair Juergen Koch and Peter Zauner when trailing 21-14 13-7 while Olver and Kate Robertshaw fell to Korean second seeds and Eom Hye Won and Jang Ye Na 21-12 21-15 in the women's doubles.

In one of the night's last matches new National men's doubles champions Langridge and Peter Mills drew on inspiration from Adcock and Ellis's fighting qualities to beat Indonesia's Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki and Hendra Aprida Gunawan after a 58-minute battle.

Langridge and Mills lost the first game 21-15 but hit back to take the second 21-13 then launched a fine fightback from 19-14 down in the decider, saving three match points to snatch victory 25-23 on their second match point. They now face Taipei's Sheng Mu Lee and Tsai Chia Hsin.

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