Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lose Swiss Open semi-final

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier are close to breaking into the world top 10 despite losing in the Swiss Open mixed doubles semi-finals.

They went into the tournament in 14th place and their run will earn valuable ranking points as they look to claim a Great Britain spot for London 2012

The pair were beaten by Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 21-15 16-21 21-13.

Adcock and Bankier beat their rivals for an Olympic place, Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, in round two.

Their conquerors in the semi-final are All England champions and were the top seeds. The Indonesians made a flying start, racing into an 8-1 lead and reaching the interval 11-3 ahead.

Adcock and Bankier fought back but the closest they got was within four points, at 19-15, before Ahmad and Natsir won the next two to take the opener.

The second game was far tighter and level at 13-13 before the Britons edged into a two-point lead at 17-15 and went on to level the match with a 21-16 success.

In the decider, the Indonesians again set the pace and led 5-2 but Adcock and Bankier reeled them in at 8-8 before Ahmad and Natsir reached the interval 11-9 ahead.

But then came a big push from the eventual winners, who won six of the next seven points, on the way to taking the decider.