MILNGAVIE badminton star Imogen Bankier and her partner got their new year campaign off to a flying start in Seoul when they defeated world champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the first round of the mixed doubles at the Victor Korea Open.
Bankier and Chris Adcock, won 21-19 21-16 after turning a 13-3 second-game deficit into the 14-13 lead.
The Chinese pair, who defeated Adcock and Bankier - who are No. 16 in the world - in the final of the Yonex BWF World Championships at Wembley in August, edged back in front at 16-15 before Adcock and Bankier reeled off six points in a row to take victory in 39 minutes.
Victory, their first in four meetings with Zhang and Zhao, gives Adcock and Bankier a big boost in their bid for Olympic qualification.
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