• Adcocks’ win underlines rise of English badminton (pic)

    Ravenshead duo Chris and Gabby Adcock’s victory at the Swiss Open Badminton Championships last weekend was further evidence of the rise of English badminton ahead of the Commonwealth Games and World Championships this summer.

    The Swiss Open, a BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament, the third highest level in the world, proved the perfect opportunity for the mixed doubles married couple to demonstrate why they are English National Champions and ranked fifth in the world.Chris and Gabby Adcock won the Swiss Open Badminton Championships

    The Adcocks defeated China’s Chai Biao and Tang Jianhua 21-17, 21-13 in Sunday’s mixed doubles final.

    England’s last winners of the Swiss Open were Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2006.

  • Swiss Open title for Chris and Gabby Adcock (pic)

    CHRIS and Gabby Adcock yesterday 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 title in Basel.

    The highest-ranked mixed doubles pair among Commonwealth nations beat 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 on Saturday in a 64-minute, three-game semi-final.Swiss cheese: Gabby and Chris Adcock smile for the camera after victory

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