Olympic Games - White and Adcock must work on chemistry

Being engaged you would think that the on-court chemistry between Gabby White and Chris Adcock would be perfect – but she insists it’s the opposite and is determined to do something about it.

Badminton - Adcock targets Olympic success

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England's Gabrielle White stretches to return a shot during her mixed double's match with Chris Adcock (PA Sport)

White was paired back with Adcock in November following the decision of his world silver medal-winning mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier to split with him and return to her native Scotland.

Successful as juniors, winning silver at the World Championships in 2007 and breaking into the top 20 in the senior world rankings in 2010, White was seemingly a natural replacement for Bankier.

But having not played together regularly since 2011, aside from winning their first English national mixed doubles title in February, White admits they are rusty with each other on court.

They began working on it at the start of December and, with tournaments coming thick and fast in Asia at the turn of the year, White wants the couple to be singing off the same hymn sheet.

“We were split up last time for the benefit of both of us but now we’re back on court together and I think it could really work very well,” said White.

“It’s all about getting used to how each other play again and feeling comfortable on court together. The on-court chemistry is the most important thing for us at the moment.

“It is so easy to lose after a bit of time not playing together. We are both looking forward to competing together as we have that on-court history and I think it could be a very successful partnership.

“It’s all about getting as much practice as we can get together and so that’s why the next few weeks will be important for us. We travel to Korea on January 6 to kick things off.

“Then we go on to Malaysia and those early competitions are really great because they allow you to get some competitive action under your belt.

“It’s horrible getting midway through a year and still sorting things out on court with your partner so it’s all about using those games to our advantage.”

White admits to having a mixed year after missing out on the London 2012 Olympics, in the women’s doubles with Jenny Wallwork in particular, while Adcock went with Bankier.

Adcock’s London 2012 campaign was bittersweet though, as he and Bankier failed to win a game but White is adamant she can only benefit from what he garnered in the capital.

“I know I can learn a lot from Chris and he’ll want to help me improve as much as I can and obviously as we know each other pretty well it should work just fine,” she added.

“We played junior levels together and then two years in the seniors, in that time we had some really good results so it sets us in good stead for trying it again.”

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