CHRIS Adcock is keeping his fingers crossed that a pair of debut national titles can be the springboard to clinching a maiden Olympic appearance as he prepares for this week’s Yonex All England Open.
Despite having been in and around the top of the Badminton England pile ever since he claimed junior World Championship silver back in 2007, Adcock won his first English crown only this month in Bolton.
Like London buses the first title Adcock had so long coveted was quickly followed by another with the 22-year-old ending the tournament with both the mixed, and men’s, doubles crowns to his name.
As a result Adcock will arrive at the Yonex All England Open, which begins on Tuesday in Birmingham, with confidence sky-high as he continues his search for London 2012 selection.
If the Olympic qualification window closed tomorrow, and not 3rd May, Adcock would have a pair of spots, men’s and mixed doubles, to his name – an enviable situation he wants to protect in the second city next week.
“There’s no prouder day than being the best in England,” said Adcock. “And if I could achieve something at the All England Open then that would be great as it goes towards my Olympic qualification bid.
“I’ve been in five or six national finals and I’ve been foiled every time, so I think for me to get one national title let alone two was brilliant.
“It was a great weekend, it brings new confidence and added belief that you’re here now and you’re here to achieve things.
“It’s a perfect situation to set us up for performing quite well at the All England Open.
“I was asked if I would swap the national titles for success at the All England. To me, I don’t think we need to exchange anything, I think we can hopefully have both.”
But, while Adcock, alongside mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier, is a reigning World Championship silver medallist, he doesn’t have such fond memories of the All England Open.
And Adcock will have to do it the hard way to create some good ones this year after he and Bankier were drawn against the pair that beat them in the world final – Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan – in round one.
“I haven’t got past the second round,” he added. “Last year we lost to the eventual winners and it was really tight in the mixed doubles, but we believe that we can achieve something special.
“And something special just like we did at the worlds, we’ve got the game and belief that we can do it and hopefully with the home crowd in our support we can better that and even go further.
“Imogen and I have got a little bit of a cushion but we’re not going to rest on that. We are aiming for a top eight placing in the world which is definitely achievable with great performances.”
To experience the worldwide London 2012 hopefuls battle it out for Olympic qualification points before the Games, purchase tickets to the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships from 6th to 11th March at the NIA, Birmingham by visiting www.allenglandbadminton.com