Yonex All England Open 2016: Adcocks Advance into Third Straight Quarterfinal

The excitement continues into round 2 of this year’s Yonex All England Open.

Backed by the fervent cheers of an enthusiastic home crowd, No. 7 seeds  Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, POWER CUSHION AERUS MENS) and Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, POWER CUSHION AERUS LADIES) advanced into their third straight quarterfinal against Korean pair Kim Gi Jung and Shin Seung Chan. The crowd stuck with the pair through thick and thin, cheering at every point in the neck-and-neck second game. The duo conquered in straight games, 21-12 21-16. “It’s always great to play in front of a home crowd, especially at the Yonex All England,” commented Chris on the crowd’s great support.

As of this year, the English pair has been competing in new POWER CUSHION AERUS shoes. “I wore the blue yesterday, so I thought I’d mix it up today and wear the pink,” mentioned Gabby on the shoes’ color options, while Chris had this to say about their performance, “They’re very light and really comfortable. Of course, with the POWER CUSHION, you can always trust them to do a good job.”

Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II LD, SHBSC6LDEX)leads the way in men’s singles, advancing into the quarterfinals with a win over Japan’s Sho Sasaki. The Japanese vet gave five-time World Champion Lin Dan a run for his money in the opening game, catching up and keeping pace with the Chinese juggernaut to narrowly seal game 1. The second and third game would see Lin Dan turn the tables, striking with agility, precision and complexity. A resounding smash near the end of the final game would be followed by Sho sending the shuttle wide, bringing Lin Dan his victory. The final score came to 20-22 21-6 21-8.

Men’s singles also saw Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11, Yonex Shoes) advance after a tough outing with Korean Son Wan Ho. Both players drew even at slim margins, but the young Danish World No. 6 demonstrated his superiority in the third game, his powerful play forcing the Korean into errors. After a huge smash on the 19th point, the Korean sent the shuttle careening into the net on Viktor’s match point, the final score coming to 21-19 22-24 21-12.

It was a battle of youngsters in women’s singles with 21-year-old Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES) facing off against 18-year-old Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune). 2015 Bitburger Open champ Akane did her best to keep up to pace with the World No. 4 Thai, but Ratchanok’s moves were too quick and decisive. The 2013 World Champion expertly seized full control of the match, setting up and delivering on opportunities to strike. Ratchanok took her second round match in straight games at 21-9 21-13 when Akane sent the shuttle out of bounds.

Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships Superseries Premier Results

Men’s Singles (Round 2)

[3] Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, Yonex Shoes)(DEN) def. Ng Ka Long Angus (HKG) 21-13 21-16

[4] Kento Momota (JPN) def. Srikanth Kidambi (DUORA 10, POWER CUSHION 65 WIDE)(IND) 21-10 21-13

[5] Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II LD, SHBSC6LDEX)(CHN) def. Sho Sasaki (JPN) 20-22 21-6 21-8

[6] Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11, Yonex Shoes)(DEN) def. Son Wan Ho (KOR) 21-19 22-24 21-12

Marc Zwiebler (ARCSABER 11, Yonex Shoes)(GER) def. Tommy Sugiarto (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, POWER CUSHION 02 LTD)(INA) 21-14 21-16

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) def. B. Sai Praneeth (NANORAY 750, POWER CUSHION 02 LTD)(IND) 12-21 21-11 21-16

Women’s Singles (Round 2)

[1] Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES)(ESP) def. Maria Febe Kusumastuti (INA) 21-17 21-7

[2] Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES)(IND) def. Busanan Ongbumrungphan (NANORAY Z-SPEED, Yonex Shoes)(THA) 21-16 21-9

[6] Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES)(THA) def. Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) 21-9 21-13

Men’s Doubles (Round 2)

Koo Kien Keat (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, POWER CUSHION SC5 MEN)/Tan Boon Heong(VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, POWER CUSHION SC5 MEN)(MAS) def. [2] Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, POWER CUSHION 75)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, POWER CUSHION AERUS MENS)(INA) 21-15 15-21 21-17

[6] Hiroyuki Endo (DUORA 10)/Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi (INA) 14-21 21-15 21-14

 Vladimir Ivanov (ARCSABER 11, POWER CUSHION 02 LTD)/Ivan Sozonov (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, Yonex Shoes)(RUS) def. [8] Mads Pieler Kolding (ARCSABER 11, Yonex Shoes)/Mads Conrad-Petersen (DEN) 21-19 21-15

Women’s Doubles (Round 2)

[3] Ayaka Takahashi (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune)/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Johanna Goliszweski/Carla Nelte (GER) 21-14 21-12

[4] Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NANORAY 900, Yonex Shoes)/Christinna Pedersen (NANORAY 800, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES)(DEN) def. Anggia Shitta Awanda/Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut (INA) 21-15 21-15

Naoko Fukuman (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune)/Kurumi Yonao (ARCSABER 11)(JPN) def. Shizuka Matsuo (VOLTRIC 70)/Mami Naito (NANORAY 900)(JPN) 10-21 21-15 21-17

Mixed Doubles (Round 2)

[5] Christinna Pedersen (NANORAY 800, POWER CUSHION 02 LADIES)/Joachim Fischer Nielsen (DEN) def. Shin Baek Cheol/Chae Yoo Jung (KOR) 21-16 21-18

[7] Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, POWER CUSHION AERUS MENS)/Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, POWER CUSHION AERUS LADIES)(ENG) def. Kim Gi Jung/Shin Seung Chan (KOR) 21-12 21-16

[8] Praveen Jordan (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, POWER CUSHION 02 LTD)/Debby Susanto (NANOSPEED 9900, Yonex Shoes)(INA) def. Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara (JPN) 13-21 21-14 21-18