Badminton: Beaten Adock focuses on positives
Chris Adcock refused to be downcast despite leaving Manchester empty-handed after a frustrating weekend at the English National Championships.
The 23-year-old Leicester-born player was hoping to add to his 2012 titles but, unfortunately, fell at the final hurdle in the men's doubles alongside Marcus Ellis, losing in the final to Chris Langridge and Peter Mills 21-13, 16-21, 20-22.
There was also frustration for Adcock in the mixed doubles. Playing alongside Gabby White, he lost in the semis to Marcus Ellis and Alyssa Lim.
Despite his disappointment, Adcock focused on the positives from his Manchester performances.
"It was a tight game and was nice for Marcus to step in at such short notice because of my regular partner's injury," said Adcock, who was without his regular men's doubles partner Andy Ellis.
"It was a good game but, unfortunately, we were on the losing end of a few tight points.
"It does make it difficult playing with a new partner, there are set-pieces you work on with a regular partner for years and get used to.
"We had to start from scratch this tournament, but we played okay. If we had a little bit more time to prepare for it, then it might have been very different.
"I can definitely use this as a stepping-stone for other things.
"It's the nationals, very nice for the public, but in terms of the world stage it's a hard tournament to come and play, there's nothing really to gain.
"It's always nice to come and win it, unfortunately I haven't done this year, which is very different to last year when I won both doubles titles.
"But, as I said, there are bigger fish to fry coming up.
"I think Andy's injury is progressing okay, the European Champs the week after next are his target.
"But there's no point in rushing him back because we want him fit and ready for the All England Championships."
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