Chris and Gabby Adcock, England’s number one pair, went through the gears to advance to the last 16 of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Wednesday.
The world number seven duo were 14-5 up before being forced to save a game point in their first Superseries outing of the year. But they eventually came through 24-22, 21-12 against Indonesia’s world number 18’s, Ronald Alexander and Melati Oktaviani.
“We are 100 per cent capable of winning it and we have shown that with the success that we have had,” said Chris after their 35-minute win.
“We won the last Superseries event in Dubai so while it is not going to be easy to win the YONEX All England because there are some great pairings here, we know we have the calibre and the potential to win the competition and we have to keep playing well and enjoy ourselves out there.”
The Adcocks now face Korean pair Kim Jung and Shin Chan as they bid for successive berths in the YONEX All England quarter-finals.
“We did well to come back and win,” added Gabby “and to keep the English flag flying. We love playing here and the crowd always give you that extra couple of percentages.”