English National champion Rajiv Ouseph won the men's singles title at the Yonex Irish International today. Just three weeks ago he won the men's singles at the Bank of Scotland International Championships.
In the final Ouseph was too strong for Ireland's Scott Evans, winning 21-5 21-19. The win will boost his world ranking from No 44.
England made it a double when Andrew Ellis and Richard Eidestedt added the Irish men's doubles title to their win in Scotland.
In the final the third seeds beat unseeded Danes Martin Delfs and Morten T Kronborg 21-13 21-16 and they will now rise from No 33 in Thursday's ranking list and can hope to overtake England's highest ranked pair of Rob Adcock and Robin Middleton at No 31.
This week National women's singles champion Elizabeth Cann looks to build on her victory in Glasgow when she tackles the Italian International in Rome. Cann is third seed with Jill Pittard seeded No 5. Nicola Cerfontyne is sixth seed in the women's singles qualifying, starting Tuesday.
RAJIV OUSEPH is chasing his second title in three weeks after reaching the Yonex Irish Open men's singles final. And Andrew Ellis and Richard Eidestedt are eyeing a similar double in the men's doubles.
Ouseph, the English National champion who won the men's title at the Bank of Scotland International Championships in Glasgow at the end of November, defeated Denmark's Martin Delfs 21-10 21-10 in the quarter-finals and then outplayed another Dane, fifth seed Hans Kristian Vittinghus, 24-22 21-15 in the semi-finals.
In the final he will face Ireland's Olympic player Scott Evans. The sixth seed defeated England's fourth seed Carl Baxter in a tight semi-final contest 21-19 21-18. Baxter had defeated Sweden's Matias Wigardt 21-17 21-19 in the quarter-finals while team-mate Harry Wright gave Evans a fright before the Irishman won 21-15 13-21 21-11.
In the men's doubles Ellis and Eidestedt, the third seeds, defeated seventh seeded Danes Mikkel Elbjoern and Mads Pieler Kolding 21-19 21-19. In the semi-finals they put out fifth seeds Kasper Faust Henriksen and Christian John Skovgaard of Denmark 21-12 22-20.
That booked them a final clash with unseeded Danes Delfs and Morten T. Kronborg, who knocked out sixth seeds Dean George and Matthew Honey 23-21 21-17 in the quarter-finals and fourth seeded Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Jurgen Wouters in the semi-finals 21-13 21-16.
Eighth seeds Rob Adcock and Thomas Bethell also fell in the quarters against De Ruiter and Wouters 21-19 10-21 21-14.
In the women's doubles Heather Olver and Holland's Samantha Barning just missed out on a place in the final when they went down to Duch pair Patty Stolzenbach and Paulien Van Dooremalen 21-15 21-16.
In the quarter-finals the Anglo-Dutch pair had knocked out fourth seeds Maria Helsboel and Anne Skelbaek 21-13 21-10 but England's Nicola Cerfontyne and Rachel Howard went down to top seeded Danes Marie Roepke and Helle Nielsen 21-13 21-17 in the last eight.
Third seeds Olver and Rob Adock reached the last eight of the mixed doubles before falling to seventh seeds Henriksen and Britta Anderen 23-21 21-16.
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