British husband-and-wife team make history at badminton World Superseries

bedmintonChris and Gabby Adcock made more British badminton history by winning the mixed doubles title at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

The husband and wife pair were the first British players to make a final at the season-ending tournament and they completed the job with a 21-14, 21-17 victory over South Korea’s third seeds Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na.

The Adcocks, ranked seventh in the world, had never previously beaten their opponents, but deservedly changed that at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The British pair, who won the Commonwealth title for England in Glasgow last summer, opened up a 12-6 lead in the first game and held on to their advantage.

The second was tighter and at 15-15 it was all to play for, but Chris took control and clinched victory and a cheque for $84,000 with a winner into the open court.

Gabby said on badmintonengland.co.uk: “I am in shock and I can’t believe we won. I am overwhelmed with emotion. This is a very big win as the Korean pair have been good all year.”

It was the second Superseries title of the Adcocks’ career after they also won in Hong Kong in 2013.

Chris said: “We have fought hard to put things right all week as there have been some really tough matches.”

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