Ravenshead Olympic badminton star Chris Adcock refuses to blame opening day defeat on schedule switch

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RAVENSHEAD’S Chris Adcock insists a late change in schedule was not to blame for his and Imogen Bankier’s mixed doubles defeat to Russian duo Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina.

The pair were meant to play their opening Group A game against Chinese world champions Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao tomorrow.

But on Friday, the matches were rescheduled and it meant their opener took place today against the Russians.

Adcock and Bankier sealed the first set 21-14 but were then swept aside 21-9 in the second before losing a nail-biting decider 21-18.

Afterwards, 23-year-old Adcock said: “We would have prepared the same for every game - discussing the tactics the night before. It didn’t make a difference.

“We know the hall even better, and know when we come out, we come out fast. It’s a round robin so we know we’ve got two games we can definitely win.”

The pair came out to thunderous applause in front of a home crowd, who willed them on all the way.

But in the end it was enough, as Adcock added: “It was a hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck moment (walking out).

“The first set was really good and then it all changed. We didn’t get the advantage that we wanted so it led to them getting it instead.

“We got a great start. We put the pressure on but didn’t keep it up.

“The final game turned into a bit of a scrap and unfortunately we were on the losing end of it.

“We did our tactics really well but they managed to change their tactics. We couldn’t combat that quickly (enough).”

They face German pair Michael Fuchs and Brigit Michels in their second group match tomorrow morning before ending the group campaign against world number one Chinese pairing Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao on Tuesday afternoon.