Chris Adcock admits winning mixed doubles gold alongside wife Gabby at this summer’s Commonwealth Games will take some beating as they aim to sign off the year with success at the BWK Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals.
The husband-and-wife team enjoyed a summer to remember in Glasgow, climbing the podium in three different competitions between them.
The highlight was their mixed doubles gold-medal winning performances while team silver and a bronze for Gabby in the women’s doubles also arrived.
Attention is now focused on the season-ending badminton Finals in Dubai, with the Adcocks competing in the mixed doubles format which will pit the eight best pairings over the year in two groups of four.
England’s number one pairing just missed out on reaching the semi-finals in the BWK finals in Malaysia last year when they lost their deciding rubber.
But the world number six duo, coming to the end of their second full year together as a partnership, are confident of ending an already successful 2014 on a high.
“If you lose a match you still have a great chance of qualifying so it can be a real rollercoaster,” said Chris.
“It will be an interesting week. There has never been a major tournament there before and it will be up to the locals to decide who they want to get behind during the week. It’s exciting times.
“It has been a really tough year, but in a great way. The highlights would have to be winning the Swiss Open against a truly world-class field.
“The Commonwealths Games were then a dream come true for us. It is one of those events you grow up watching and it’s one we have always wanted to win. It was a special two weeks.
“More recently, reaching the French Open final and the Hong Kong Open semi-final was a good run for us. But winning the Commonwealth gold will be tough to top.”
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