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Adcock's celebrate their quarter final win in Glasgow
Adcock’s head trio of World medals
Date: 8/26/2017 2:11 AM
Published by : Mark Phelan
Chris and Gabby Adcock took the Emirates Arena by storm this afternoon to add a minimum of a world bronze to the European gold medal they won back in April in Kolding. The Adcock’s defeated Tang & Tse of Hong Kong in three games in what has been an almost perfect year since their Olympic disappointment. 

The quarter final match did not get off to the best start for England’s golden pair as Chris in particular struggled to find his form. The Hong Kong pair settled quickest and took the opening set 21-16.

“I started poorly to be honest” said Chris Adcock  “Gabby and Pete had to give me the proverbial kick up the backside in the break to wake me up which is what I needed to kick start my game.”

The Adcock’s started to grow in confidence as the second set wore on and got to the interval with a good 11-6 lead. The English pair stepped on the accelerator from there and levelled the match with a 21-13 second set win.

“We stepped up a bit in the second putting pressure on their shots. Once we levelled the match we both felt the third set was there for the taking.”

The deciding set proved to be very tight with the score level right up to 14-14. Six of the next seven points went the way of the European champions and they rounded off the win with a 21-16 win to guarantee themselves a minimum of bronze. 

“This is what we dream about and these are the days we work so hard for. The European gold we won back in April also gave us a shot in the arm as it breeds confidence to win big championships and medals.” 



Reliable Danes bag two medals

Denmark once again proved to be the go to team for European medals after Axelsen & Juhl/Pedersen came through their respective quarter finals to guarantee a minimum of bronze for the European power house nation. 

Axelsen was one of the early starters today and looked on track after winning the opening game and holding two match points in the second against Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. Chou, with nothing to lose, won four in a row to the amazement of Axelsen and the crowd to send the tie into a deciding set.
 
Both men looked tired in the final game but the Dane, hungry for major championships medals, took the match at the second time of asking winning 21-16 in the decider. 

“It’s hard to talk right now as I am so tired after that match” commented Axelsen. “I have to be happy with the way I came back after losing that second so when I sleep on it I will be happier about the way I came through what was a very difficult game.” 

One of the biggest roars of the day came when Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen came through an epic three set battle against Japanese pair Tanaka and Yonemoto. The Olympic silver medallists cruised to the open game 21-5 but like a little dog nipping at your heels the Japanese would just not go away and took the match to a deciding set winning the second 21-18.
 
The third game was a thriller. Point for point the Danes and Japanese matched each other and at 25-25 the entire Emirates Arena was tuned into court number 2. As has happened so many times in the past it was Juhl an Pedersen (pictured above) who held their nerve to take the match 27-25 to send the packed Emirates Arena, with its large contingent of travelling Danish fans into hysterics. 

“After the first set we were never able to find the right momentum, and it definitely not the best badminton we could've played but we always kept fighting and that is the reason why we showed so much happiness at the end.” 

In the final match of the day Boe & Mogensen came up short in their quarter final that extended into Saturday morning. The number two seeds were beaten by Liu & Zhang to once again be denied a shot at the elusive world championship gold.  Elsewhere the title defence of champion Carolina Marin ended at the hands of Nozomi Okuhara while home town girl Kirsty Gilmour put up a brave fight but could not find a way past Saina Nehwal of India in three sets. 

For all results from quarter finals day in Glasgow click HERE

For a photo gallery from today’s play at the world championships click HERE

Article and images by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe


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