Chris Adcock and Gabby White beat world champions in France

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Gabby White in action

England's mixed doubles pairing of Chris Adcock and Gabby White defeated world champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir to reach the semi-finals at the French Open.

Unseeded Adcock and White took just 38 minutes to defeat the third seeds.

They withstood an Indonesian fightback in the first game, before taking the opener 22-20 and the second game 21-17.

In the semi-finals Adcock and White face top Chinese seeds and Denmark Open winners Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.external-link

The Chinese pair beat the English duo in the Odense quarter-finals in three games last week.external-link

Adcock and White battled hard for their win in France and after leading 19-16 in the first game, they held game point at 20-19 before taking the opener at the second opportunity.

In the second game they trailed 17-16 but then reeled off five points in a row to clinch victory.

Adcock was back in action later with Andy Ellis in the men's doubles quarter-finals.

They faced Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong and took a game off the Malaysians for the first time in five meetings.

However, the Malaysian fourth seeds proved too strong, with the Commonwealth championsexternal-link winning 21-11, 15-21, 21-17 after a 54-minute battle.

GB squad member Kirsty Gilmour pushed world number 10 Bae Yeon Ju all the way in her women's singles quarter-final.

Scotland's 20-year-old London Grand Prix runner-up took the first game 21-19 before the Korean hit back to take the next two 21-14, 21-15.

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