XD – QF : Et voilà! The Adcocks in the final four
Semi-final for defending champions Zheng/Huang
World Champion and World ranked number 1 Chinese Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong defeated Tan/Lai from Malaysia who suffered their supremacy a fourth time this year. 21-14 20-22 21-12
Big disappointment for Lane/Pugh who troubled Watanabe/Higashino...
The third-seeded pair Japan’s Watanabe/Higashino knew a quarter final at a BWF Super 750 tournament is not a cruise.
They were for sure challenged by the English combination Lane/Pugh who strongly defeated earlier on Thursday the eighth-seeded Indonesian Faizal/Wadjaja. But the momentum crumbled today.
The English ceded the opening game but with a more attacking tactic, they took a 13-6 advantage in the second and moved to the deciding game. Unfortunately, too many forced and unforced errors opened the gap between the two pairs. Despite 3 match points saved by Lane/Pugh, the experienced Japanese won the high-pressure match after 1 hour and 19 minutes 21-17 20-22 21-19.
Asking whether they can play top 10 opponents Jessica Pugh answered “I think we’ve always known we can, and we definitely have it within us to play at that level. It’s just being able to play that good at that level more consistently for us now”
Epic semi-final ticket battle won by the Adcocks
Unstoppable. The English pair, WR 10, claimed win with a suitably solid display against Japan’s Hoki/Nagahara 21-18 17-21 21-15.
The Adcocks’ French Open quest is up, supported by a packed crowd at Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. Next up for them are Jordan/Oktavianti from Indonesia. They punched their ticket over Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai in a Top 5 battle.
Indonesia’s Jordan/Oktavianti - Danish Open winners and All England runners-up and Thailand’s Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai, silver medalist at the Worlds. The issue was not easy to guess as the H2H record was 2-2. But this time the Indonesian dismissed the second-seeded pair at a canter: 21-14 21-7 in 28 minutes.
See all the results of the mixed doubles draw here.