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Seventh title for Ouseph as the Adcocks dominate doubles at English Nationals

Chris and Gabby Adcock, win mixed doubles final, Nationals 2014, Alan Spink

World number 5 pair Chris and Gabby Adcock dominated the doubles events at the English National Badminton Championships this afternoon while Rajiv Ouseph stretched his run to a record seven consecutive men’s singles titles.

On a day of records Gabby Adcock made it five consecutive women’s doubles titles as she and husband Chris became the first married couple to win the event since David and Jenny Horton in 1967, while Chris also won the men’s doubles title, making it a fantastic day for the Adcock family.

Gabby said: “I’ve just found out that statistic and it’s pretty cool actually. Obviously we really wanted to get our National title back and I'm really happy with getting the double win today.”

Chris added: “The arena was really good, it looked amazing and it’s been a good event being in Milton Keynes for the first time, we really enjoyed it.

“We’ve probably enjoyed it more than most coming away with two titles each, and from what I’ve heard from everyone here it’s just been a great event.”

In the men’s final top seed Ouseph defeated Coventry’s England Under 19 champion and fourth seed Sam Parsons 21-9 21-8, as he now sets his sights on Darren Hall’s 10 titles (1986-99) from 14 finals, while Sarah Walker retained her women's singles title.

Ouseph said: “I am 27 now and I would like to carry on to the Rio Olympics which would mean I could get to nine. But I’ll just take it a year at a time.”

The victory today, especially after saving two match points against Ben Beckman in the semi-finals, has left him in good heart as England leave tomorrow for the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships in Basel.

The Middlesex man faces Scotland on Tuesday when he will win his 50th England cap. “I’m looking forward to it, especially as I will face Kieran Merrilees. Obviously we know each other well because he trains with the GB squad at Milton Keynes.

“I know most of the Scotland players and so it should be a feisty match.”

Doubles

Gabby Adcock scooped National title number five when she and Carlisle partner Lauren Smith won the women’s doubles.

In doing so Adcock matched former England stars Donna Kellogg (2005-2009) and Maggie Beck (1967-71) in winning the women’s doubles title five years in a row.

She had won three times with Jenny Wallwork and now twice with Smith after their 21-10 21-19 win over Heather Olver of Sussex and Yorkshire’s Kate Robertshaw.

But spare a thought for Olver, who has now lost all those finals against Adcock, four times a runner-up with Avon’s Mariana Agathangelou and today with Robertshaw.

All three doubles events were contested by the top two seeds with the number one pairs coming out on top.

Gabby Adcock’s triumph was quickly followed by husband Chris as he and Andy Ellis of Yorkshire recaptured the men’s doubles title.

They defeated reigning champions Chris Langridge of Surrey and Peter Mills of Notts 21-18 21-11 to repeat their 2012 victory over their England team-mates.

Leatherhead’s Langridge has appeared in the last four finals having won in 2011 with Nathan Robertson but today he admitted he did not play well and Mills could not compensate as Adcock and Ellis came out on top.

The Adcocks returned to the action to recapture the mixed doubles title they won in 2012 with defending champions Langridge and Olver again left disappointed after a 21-18 21-16 scoreline.

Trophy

Chelmsford’s Sarah Walker retained her women’s singles title with an 18-21 21-9 21-17 win over five-times champion Elizabeth Cann, playing her seventh final.

Cann, the 2010 Commonwealth bronze medallist who plans to represent Jersey at Glasgow 2014, is 35 next month and would have become the oldest player to lift the women’s singles trophy had she been able to build on a 13-9 lead in the deciding game.


Final results

Men’s singles: (1) Rajiv Ouseph (Middx) bt (4) Sam Parsons (Warwicks) 21-10 21-19 (28 mins).

Women’s singles: (1) Sarah Walker (Essex) bt (8) Elizabeth Cann (Jersey) 18-21 21-9 21-17 (52 mins).

Men’s doubles: (1) Chris Adcock (Notts) & Andrew Ellis (Yorks) bt (2) Chris Langridge (Surrey) & Peter Mills (Notts) 21-18 21-11 (34 mins)

Women’s doubles: (1) Gabrielle Adcock (Yorks) & Lauren Smith (Cumbria) bt (2) Heather Olver (Sussex) & Kate Robertshaw (Yorks) 21-10 21-19 (37 mins).

Mixed doubles: (1) Chris & Gabrielle Adcock bt (2) Chris Langridge & Heather Olver 21-18 21-16 (50 mins)

Go to www.nationalbadmintonchamps.co.uk for all the news from the Championships.

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