Glasgow 2014: Chris Adcock & Gabby White dreaming of gold

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Chris Adcock and Gabby White
Chris Adcock and Gabby White became only the second English pair to win a badminton super-series event with victory in Hong Kong.

Husband and wife Chris Adcock and Gabby White think their historic superseries win proves they can challenge for Commonwealth Games honours in 2014.

The English duo, who married in August, ousted China's Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei to reach the Hong Kong Open final, where they beat Cheng Liu and Bao Yixin.

"Winning in Glasgow is something we both dream of," White told BBC Sport.

"This result has given us so much confidence that we can do it."

The only other English pair to win a superseries event were Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark in 2009.

Adcock and White, who played together as juniors but were only restored as a partnership in November last year, will rise to fifth when the new world rankings are released early next month.

"To say we're a top-five team and have beaten the current world and Olympic champions, as well as the world number one pair, and claimed a superseries is something we'd have snapped your hand off for 11 months ago," said Adcock, 24.

"We now need to consolidate these great results and make sure we're consistently in the top eight and hopefully look towards the very top in the future."

Their current position is in stark contrast to their fortunes earlier in the season, when they suffered early exits at both the All-England and World Championship events.

A three-week break for their honeymoon in Las Vegas and Hawaii, which saw them miss the inaugural London Grand Prix, proved to be a pivotal moment in their season.

"There was a lot going on around the wedding [outside of the sport] but when we came back from the Worlds we weren't happy with how we'd played and had a bit of a reality check," said 23-year-old White.

"We knew we had the individual talent to achieve what we want, but just needed to gel on the court. So we went back into training and did a lot of extra work - then it was just a case of getting that one confidence-boosting win."

They now have that victory, but their path to Commonwealth glory will not be straightforward.

Adcock & Bankier compete at London Olympics

Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are the highest-ranked pairexternal-link from a nation which qualifies for Glasgow 2014.

Adcock's former partner Imogen Bankier, with whom he won World Championship silver in 2011, has formed a strong pairing with fellow Scot Robert Blair - who used to play with White.

"Gabby and I know Bob and Imogen really well. They won the Scottish Open, which was a good performance by them, so if we did play them [in Glasgow] it would be interesting to say the least," he said.

By being in the top eight of the end-of-season rankings, Adcock and White have qualified for the Superseries Grand Final,external-link which takes place in Malaysia from 11-15 December.

After a three-week break over Christmas they will begin their final preparations for the Commonwealth Games, which begin in July, at the season-opening Korean Openexternal-link in January.

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