Chris Adcock and Gabby White Through to Main Draw at Yonex All England Championships

Chris Adcock and Gabby White Through to Main Draw at Yonex All England Championships
Chris Adcock and Gabby White are through to tomorrow's main draw of the Yonex All England Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. But just as in the men's doubles Adcock is again out of luck with the draw.
 
In the men's doubles first round he and Andy Ellis face second seeds and 2007 champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia. And in the mixed doubles Adcock and White, semi-finalists at last week's Yonex German Open, will meet China's Olympic silver medallists Xu Chen and Ma Jin.
 
That was the England pair's reward for a 21-10 21-14 opening qualifying win over German pair Max Schwenger and Carla Nelte followed by a 21-8 21-17 win against Russia's fourth qualifying seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Valeria Sorokina, helped by a flying start as they swept into a
10-0 lead..
 
White said after the win over the Russians: “We really wanted to get to the main draw, we knew that they were going to be a really awkward pair and we knew it was going to be tough. But we came out and played one of the best games of badminton we have ever played so we’re really pleased.
 
“We got a really good run and knocked their confidence from the start, which always helps.
 
“We have no pressure, we’ve got the world No. 1s next but that’s how it goes. It goes in roundabouts.
 
“We can take from today all the positives from how well we played and take it into tomorrow and we are looking forward to giving the world
No. 1s a crack.
 
“We stayed focused all the time because they have very tight serves and so we just take a time out. It was about being solid as a pair which I think we did really well today so we are really happy.”
Rajiv Ouseph lived dangerously in his opening men's singles qualifier with old rival Anand Pawar of India. The six-times English National champion and Commonwealth silver medallist saved a match point at 20-19 in the second game before winning 20-22 23-21 21-7.
 
After his opening win Ouseph said: “The All England is a special tournament, I remember growing up watching the tournament and I think the crowd really came through for me and helped me win some close points at the end of that second so. I’m pleased with the win.”
 
But his joy turned to disappointment a few hours later when even the crowd couldn't lift him against India's Sourabh Varma. Ouseph went down 21-13 21-18 having led 12-7 in the opening game.
 
“It was a really good chance for me to qualify and I’m quite disappointed with how I played but there are some things to work on to do better in the next tournaments.
 
“I’ve had some good wins in the last few weeks and I was looking forward to trying to do well here and in the main draw but obviously it wasn’t to be here today.
 
“We have a tournament next week so I will try to rectify some things in my game and do well in the next tournament.
 
“He is one of those players that when he wins a few points he grows in confidence an he was in control of the game and when I tried to turn it around it didn’t really work for me.”
 
There was further disappointment for England when National mixed doubles champions Chris Langridge and Heather Olver went out in the second round of qualifying when the second seeds lost 24-22 21-17 to Praveen Jordan and Vita Marissa of Indonesia after leading in the first game 20-18 and 21-20.
 
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