MILTON Keynes-based Chris Adcock restored some pride to British badminton on Sunday when he and mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier took World Championship silver.
Despite making a solid start against the Chinese top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, they were eventually beaten 21-15 21-7. The Anglo-Scottish pair are ranked 20 in the world and were appearing in their first major final after upsetting the odds to get there.
Their success came at the end of a difficult week for British badminton at Wembley Arena. Of the 21 other British players who entered this year, none made it past Wednesday’s matches, including highly-rated mixed doubles duo Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork who were beaten at the first attempt.
Neither Adcock, 22, nor 23-year-old Bankier, had ever come close to an international result of this magnitude at senior level and they surpassed all expectations by defeating the eighth, fourth and second seeds on their way to the final. Not bad for a mixed double pairing who only started playing together 12 months ago.
“We’ve won a silver world medal and I see it as a stepping stone to winning the medal above. We can only use it as a positive,” said Adcock, who lives and trains in Milton Keynes.