Leeds Olympian Gabby Adcock breezed through the first round of the YONEX All England Open alongside husband Chris to set up an all-English tie in the next round.

The 28-year-old Yorkshire shuttler who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic forms England’s No.1 mixed doubles pairing and the Adcocks lived up to that billing in their home tournament, beating Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei 21-16 21-18.

The English duo were barely troubled in the first game and saw off a brief defiant spell from the Malaysian pairing in the second to coast through in 36 minutes.

“I’m really happy with that,” said the Leeds-born badminton ace. “We didn’t know much about the Malaysians coming into the first round, other than some video analysis.

“But we knew it was just about us stamping our authority and playing our game and I think it took us five or six points to do that and to settle in.

“Once we did that it was really enjoyable to play in.”

The Adcocks reached the quarter-finals of the tournament this time last year but were hindered with Gabby not fully back to fitness after an injury, but are more prepared this time around.

She added: “It’s not been the most straight-forwards preparation for both of us but we’re happy that we’re here and playing and we have got some good training in, we’re just excited to be out on court again.”

The result means that there will definitely be English representation in the quarter-finals after Ben Lane and Jess Pugh also qualified from the first round to be drawn against the Adcocks – with Chris looking forward to Thursday’s match-up.

He added: “We know Ben (Lane) and Jess (Pugh) really well and they had a really good win against the Germans (Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler), they’ve not beaten them before.

“But it’s always fun being on court and it guarantees an English quarter-final so I think it’s great.

“The home crowds always get you going a bit more here. You walk out when your name’s called and there’s a really big cheer so it’s always nice playing here and we do feel at home so it’s a real positive.”

The 2019 YONEX All England – Badminton’s Greatest Show on the sport’s world tour – will wow fans at Arena Birmingham, 6-10 March. For tickets and information: www.allenglandbadminton.com or search All England tickets.