Badminton: Bankier and Adcock lose out to rivals

Scotland’s Imogen Bankier and England’s Chris Adcock failed to get on over on their British Olympic rivals when they lost 16-21, 21-15, 17-21 to Malaysia’s Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at the Yonex All England Open in Birmingham.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 10th March 2012, 12:32 pm

An hour later and England’s Nathan Roberston and Jenny Wallwork had also gone out in the quarter-finals by 19-21, 21-14, 6-21 to the Indonesian No. 4 seeds, Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir.

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It means that coveted mixed doubles place in Team GB at this summer’s Olympics is still very much up for grabs. Bankier and Adcock are No. 17 in the world – Robertson, a silver medal winner in Athens in 2004, and Wallwork, are just two places behind at No.19. The team is selected on the May 1 rankings.

Having already beaten the Chinese World Champions and a world-class South Korean pair, Bankier and Adcock, the World Championship runners-up, hoped to make it a great three in a row.

But it wasn’t to be and Bankier, the Glasgow 24-year-old, knew a chance had been thrown away. “It was a game we could have won,” she said.