Ravenshead’s Chris Adcock insists London 2012 ambitions are still alive

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CHRIS Adcock insists his London 2012 ambitions are very much alive and kicking despite his and mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier failing to medal at the Yonex All England Open.

Adcock and Bankier had every chance of reaching the podium at the NIA in Birmingham after defeating world champions and No.1 seeds Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao in round one.

They then squeezed past South Korean duo Yeon Seong Yoo and Ye Na Jang to reach their first All England Open quarter-final together – however that was as good as it got.

Adcock and Bankier, world silver medallists, met their match in the form of ninth seeds Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia in the last eight – going down 21-16, 15-21, 21-17.

Still they have done their chances of securing the sole British spot at this summer’s Olympics no harm despite dropping from 14th in the world rankings to 17th while in Birmingham.

Fortune has been on their side with British rivals Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, who dropped down the world rankings as well but just one place to 19th, also exiting in the quarter-finals.

And Adcock said: “Our thoughts are still on qualifying obviously. It’s tough out there to get results but we have shown this week that we are good enough to get those results.

“It’s a matter of taking it one game at a time, there are still a few more tournaments before qualifying finishes yet.

“On the whole we’ve had a good week. Obviously we’re disappointed to lose in the quarter-finals, but they’re a good pair and I feel we can go back and learn a few things and come back stronger.

“I think the Malaysian pair were just more consistent, we started badly in the first and third sets and that gave them the initiative, they were just a few too many points ahead.

“We are still both young and developing; we have been playing together for a relatively short space of time so we’ll learn from this experience.

“I think it has shown since the World Championships our performances are better, but we still have a long way to go.”

Adcock was also in men’s doubles action in Birmingham with Andrew Ellis, but made a second round exit at the hands of South Korean pair Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae.

They lost 21-13, 21-15 to the second seeds but Adcock admits they can take heart from their showing ahead of the European Championships in Sweden towards the end of April.

“It’s all building up to the Europeans,” he added. “We want a medal there and if we can produce performances like we have done here we are confident we can do that.

“The Koreans have pedigree and it was hard for us to break them down and get easy points and unfortunately we gave a few easy ones away at crucial times.”

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