Adcocks target mixed doubles All England Championships title

Chris and Gabby Adcock
Chris and Gabby Adcock are aiming to be the first British winners of the All England Badminton Championships since 2005.

Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
3-8 March 2015
Text reports throughout the Championships and select video highlights during the early stages.

Commonwealth gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock will try to become the first British pair since 2005 to win a title at the All England Championships this week.

Athens Olympic silver medal-winning duo Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms were the last GB pair to claim an All England title, in 2005.

The Adcocks, who are married, are seeded sixth.

"It'll be tough, but we believe we can win it," said Chris Adcock.

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Chris and Gabby Adcock target All England Badminton success.

Gabby Adcock continued: "I watched Nathan and Gail win all those years back and that inspired me to play and want to win it myself.

"It's our favourite event and if we could do that [win] it would be a dream come true."

The Adcocks could face Indonesian defending champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in the quarter-finals.

The All England Championships - dubbed 'badminton's answer to Wimbledon' - is a high-ranking World Super series event with a prize fund of around £325,000.

It is one of the last major events before the Rio Olympic qualification period begins on May 4, which runs through until 1 May 2016.

Scotland's Commonwealth silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour will take on seventh seed Tzu Ying Tai from Taiwan in the first round of the women's singles event on Tuesday.

Gail Emms on Chris and Gabby Adcock:
"Every badminton player wants to win the All England Championships, it's very special. They have done fantastically well over recent years and really developed as players so I think the whole of GB will be out in force, really willing them through those final rounds."

In the men's singles, England number one Rajiv Ouseph has a tough opening draw against Korean third seed Wan Ho Son.

China's world champion and event favourite Chen Long will play a qualifier in his opening match, while countryman Lin Dan - Olympic champion and five-time All England winner - faces Hong Kong's Wei Nan.

Chris and Gabby Adcock
Gabby and Chris Adcock played badminton together as juniors and married in 2013

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