2011 All News
Ouseph chases Scotland-Ireland double in Lisburn
Rajiv Ouseph will be looking to climb back into the world’s top 30 with another good display when he tackles the Yonex Irish International, which starts tomorrow in Lisburn.
The leading GB men’s singles player moved up two places to No. 31 with his victory at the Scottish International Championships two weeks ago and another good performance in Lisburn should do the trick.
When he won his first Scottish title in 2008 he followed it up a few weeks later by winning in Ireland – and that was the launchpad for a rise up the world rankings to a career best No. 11 and guaranteed regular appearances in the main draw of World Superseries events.
Ouseph is looking to give himself another lift-off this weekend. But to repeat his 2008 Scotland-Ireland double, third seed Ouseph will first have to get past old rival Scott Evans of Ireland in the first round tomorrow.
England team-mate Ben Beckman joins Ouseph in the first round but is up against second seed Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland.
Young prospect Toby Penty must come through tomorrow’s qualifying if he is to join Ouseph and Beckman in Friday’s first round. Denmark’s seventh qualifying seed Thomas Fynbo could be the big obstacle in his second match.
Elizabeth Cann, who won in Ireland in 2007 and Scotland in 2008, is seeded seventh and starts against a qualifier as she looks to put her Glasgow nightmare behind her.
Cann, who lost in the Scottish second round, has slipped down the rankings to world No. 52 compared to Scot Susan Egelstaff's No. 30 and needs a good run in Lisburn to start making up lost ground in the Olympic race.
Kate Robertshaw and Sarah Milne lead England’s qualifying challenge.
England have high hopes in the women’s doubles where world No. 24 pair Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver are the third seeds and start with a bye.
Helena Lewczynska and Hayley Rogers must face French pair Laura Choinet and Audrey Fontaine in the first round with the incentive of taking on Dutch second seeds and world No. 21s Lotte Jonathans and Paulien Van Dooremalen in the second round if they come through their opener.
Last year Chris Adcock won the mixed doubles with Imogen Bankier and the men’s doubles with Andrew Ellis. Marcus Ellis is bidding to match that feat.
He and Peter Mills, the Scottish runners-up two weeks ago and 2010 winners, join new Welsh champions Chris Coles and Matthew Nottingham in the men’s doubles.
But Coles and Nottingham have a tough start against experienced Dutch pair Jacco Arends and Dave Khodabux.
Ellis is also bidding for mixed doubles success with Heather Olver while Nottingham and Lewczynska also fly the flag for England.
After Ireland most of the England players will head to Rome next weekend for the Italian Open, their last tournament of the year.
But Gabby White and Scotland's Robert Blair will be off to China to contest the mixed doubles at the Li-Ning BWF World Superseries finals in Liu Zhou.
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