Chris Adcock's dreams of repeating his 2011 World Championships silver medal success in mixed doubles were dashed in Guangzhou today when he and Gabby White fell in the second round.
Adcock won silver with Scotland's Imogen Bankier at Wembley when they beat four seeds on the way to the final two years ago.
But today he and White, who were seeded 16th after climbing into the world's top 20, went down 21-18 21-16 in their opening contest against Chen Hung Ling and Cheng Wen Hsing, the Taiwan pair who benefited from an easy first-round match to familiarise themselves with the arena while the England pair received a bye.
Adcock and White led 7-5 in the first game but once world No. 101 pair Chen and Cheng turned that two-point deficit into a three-point lead at 10-7 they never looked back.
The England pair won three points in a row to close from 19-15 down to 19-18 but that was the closest they came as the Taiwan pair took the first game then led all the way in the second to win in 37 minutes. (You can watch the match by clicking the video below)
Adcock's 2011 partner Bankier suffered a similar fate, going out in her opening women's doubles match with Bulgarian partner Petya Nedelcheva yesterday.
Eric Pang to face Lin Dan
But Adcock will return to the action ltonight when he and Andrew Ellis take on Dutch pair Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder in the men's doubles. Chinese ninth seeds Biao Chai and Zhang Nan await the winners.
Toby Penty is already through to tomorrow's men's singles second round where he will face 11th seed and European champion Marc Zwiebler of Germany. Also Jan Ø. Jørgensen and his compatriot Viktor Axelsen qualified for the second round in Guangzhou. Eric Pang has the "honour" to play title holder and Olympic champion Lin Dan tomorrow.
Fischer/Pedersen through to the 3rd round
German mixed duo of Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels (#16) bowed out of the World Championships today by losing to Russia's Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova in three games. Olympic Bronze medal winners Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen are through to the third round after an easy victory of Atrachenkov/Kobceva (Ukraine). Danish duo of Mads Kolding/Kamilla Rytter-Juhl put up a fantastic fight against the top seeds Ma Jin/Chen Xu from China. The Danes lost in three games 21-18, 17-21, 13-21.
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