April 2012 All News
Ouseph joins team-mates in European quarter-finals
Rajiv Ouseph, who won the bronze medal at the European Championships in Manchester two years ago, is through to the quarter-finals of the men's singles in Karslkrona.
The five-times English National champion from Middlesex clearly has his sights set on another medal at these 2012 European Championships as he wasted no time disposing of Ukraine's Dmytro Zavadsky 21-11 21-11 in just 28 minutes in this morning's second round.
The sixth seed was never behind in the contest, leading all the way from 1-1 in the opening game.
In tonight's third round he took on Belgium's Tan Yuhan and stormed through the first game 21-7. The Belgian responded in the second to lead 10-7 but Ouseph recovered to lead 12-10 and went on to take the second game and the contest 21-14.
In the quarter-finals he expects to face fourth seeded German Marc Zwiebler.
But Carl Baxter's hopes of joining Ouseph were dashed in a close second-round contest against Valeriy Atrashchenkov. The Ukraine player edged out Baxter 14-21 21-15 21-19 after the players had been level at 17-17 in the decider.
Teenager Toby Penty also went out, losing to Eetu Heino of Finland 21-16 21-16 despite having led 7-1 in the first game.
Elizabeth Cann moved into the last 16 in the women's singles with a determined win over Maja Tvrdy of Slovenia.
But her 21-14 21-18 victory earned the Commonwealth bronze medallist the daunting task of facing defending champion and top seed Tine Baun of Denmark.
Cann controlled the opening game but then allowed Tvrdy to draw level at
15-15 in the second having trailed 15-12. However, Cann responded with a three-point burst before taking the contest on her second match point.
But in tonight's clash with Baun she put up a gritty display before going down 21-17 21-12 against the Dane, who has been the leading European woman in recent years. Cann led 16-13 in the opening game before Baun got her measure and turned the tables.
Former mixed doubles champion Nathan Robertson, playing his last Europeans, got his challenge off to a solid start with Jenny Wallwork. The bronze medallists two years ago defeated Belarus pair Aleksei Konakh and Alesia Zaitsava 21-8 21-11.
They joined fourth seeds and GB rivals Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier in tonight's last 16 but Marcus Ellis and Heather Olver's hopes of joining them were dashed when they went down 21-12 21-18 against second seeds and defending champions Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl after putting up a determined effort in the second game where they closed to within a point at 19-18 down.
Robertson and Wallwork then battled past German pair Peter Kaesbauer and Johanna Goliszewski 21-18 15-21 21-10 while Adcock and Bankier brushed aside Anton Kaisti and Jenny Nystrom of Finland 21-15 21-6 to set up a quarter-final showdown with their GB rivals tomorrow.
Adcock is also through to the men's doubles quarter-finals with Andy Ellis after the sixth seeds' convincing win over Ukraine's Vitaly Konov and Dmytro Zavadsky 21-9 21-16. They now face third seeds Ingo Kindervater and Johannes Schoettler of Germany.
In the women's doubles 2010 bronze medallists and sixth seeds Mariana Agthangelou and Heather Olver won their third-round clash with Dutch pair Samantha Barning and Ilse Vaessen. The England pair took the match convincingly 21-14 21-9 to earn a quarter-final with Russian second seeds and defending champions Valeri Sorokina and Nina Vislova.
But Alex Langley and Lauren Smith fell to top seeds Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-8 21-13.
Tomorrow's quarter-finals start at 5pm (4pm BST) with Adcock & Bankier v Robertson & Wallwork first on court.