Swiss success for Adcocks

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Ravenshead’s Chris and Gabby Adcock this week added added the Swiss Open mixed doubles title to their Hong Kong Open triumph in late November.

The England stars defeated their second successive Chinese pair to claim the Swiss title in Basel.

The highest-ranked mixed doubles pair among Commonwealth nations defeated China’s Chai Biao and Tang Jianhua 21-17 21-13 in 38 minutes, having already repeated their Hong Kong final victory over Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin yesterday in a 64-minute, three-game semi-final.

The Adcocks, the third seeds and world number fives, had also been taken to three games in the quarter-finals by Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto.

On Friday there was little to choose between the pairs until the Adcocks broke clear from Chai and Tang 14-14 in the opening game and took it on their first game point.

That was the perfect springboard and the Adcocks led all the way in the second to clinch victory.

This result will set them up for the next two MetLife BWF World Superseries events early next month in India and Singapore before tackling the European Championships in Kazan, Russia, at the end of next month and the bigger prizes that lie ahead in the summer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the World Championships in Copenhagen.