Chris and Gabby Adcock, England’s number one pairing, powered to the World Superseries Finals mixed doubles’ title on Sunday to secure a career-high win on the world tour and end 2015 on a brilliant high note.
The world number seven Adcocks, who had already created history by becoming the first English players to reach the season-ending final, overcame Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na, of South Korea, 21-14, 21-17 in 37 minutes after a dominant display at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
The husband and wife team’s win in the emirate – they also collected $84,000 after sharing the $1 million prize money on offer – was only the second Superseries title of their career after landing the Hong Kong Open in 2013.
“I am in shock and I can’t believe we won. I am overwhelmed with emotion,” said Gabby.
“This is a very big win as the Korean pair have been good all year.”
Chris added: “We have fought hard to put things right all week as there have been some really tough matches.”
The Commonwealth champions opened up a 12-6 lead in the first and they made sure of the game as they forged open another crucial six-point advantage at 18-12 up.
In the second, they again carved open a 12-8 lead before the Koreans, who were recent title winners at the Danish and French Opens, rallied to 15-all thanks to a stunning cross court winner from Kim.
But two successive winners from Chris – one smash winner from the serve and an attacking net winner – handed the initiative back to the English.
With three match points, they kept the Koreans on the back foot before Chris secured the title and a first win in four meetings against their opponents with a winner into open space.
Victory in the season-ending Finals in Dubai, which featured the top eight players in the world, will be a major confidence boost for the Adcocks ahead of a key year.
The YONEX All England Championships will be the first Superseries event of 2016 in March before qualifying for the Rio Olympics ends in May.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Ouseph just fell short of success at the K&D Graphics Grand Prix in Orange, USA, in a battle of the top seeds.
England’s number one lost the men’s singles final 21-19, 21-12 to top seed Lee Hyun ll, of Korea.
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