By Mike Rowbottom

Chris Adcock_and_Imogen_Bankier_Oct_28October 28 – It was third time unlucky for Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier as they suffered their third consecutive defeat at the hands of badminton's world number one pairing from China, Xu Chen and Ma Jin, in the semi-finals of the French Open.

The Anglo-Scottish pair (pictured above), seeded seventh, lost 21-14 21-19 to the top seeds, saving a match point at 20-18 before the Chinese took victory on their second match point.

The 2011 world silver medallists are seeking to finish the year on a high after a disappointing Olympics.

Xu Chen_and_Ma_Jin_Oct_28Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier were beaten by China's Xu Chen (left) and Ma Jin, pictured here in action at the London 2012 Olympic Games 

They failed to qualify for the quarter-finals after losing their opening two matches at London 2012.

Their next tournaments will be November's China Open and Hong Kong Open, the last two events of the 2012 Super Series.

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