Rajiv Ouseph, the 2010 individual silver medallist and team bronze medal winner, revealed his frustration tonight after England had to settle for second best behind Malaysia in the Commonwealth Games team event after a 3-1 final defeat at the Emirates Arena..
Ouseph, England’s most-capped player and team captain, said: “I’m a bit disappointed with how the end result went but I can only be happy with how I played yesterday, and today in the semi-final, so hopefully I can take that forward into the individual events."
When the individual men’s singles event start tomorrow third seed Ouseph will have played every day so far of Glasgow 2014. He begins his bid against Chongo Mulenga of Zambia. If the third seed gets to the final he will have played all 11 days of competition.
Of today’s team final he said: “When we started the tournament, if you had offered us a silver I think we would have taken it.
“But with the way the match was, I had a bit of a lead in the third set (11-7 up), I was a bit disappointed with how I let it go, and that probably shifted the momentum back to Malaysia in the tie.
“I’m really proud of the whole team, it’s a really young team and not a lot of players have had big tournament experience so for them to go through this and come out with a silver is really pleasing.”
Chris and Gabby Adcock once again gave England a winning start by taking the mixed doubles and Chris said: “Obviously as a team we are really, really happy with getting the silver medal. We performed really well and didn’t drop a set getting to the gold medal match.
“We are all disappointed at the moment but when we step on the podium we will be immensely happy and proud with what we have achieved for England.”
But head coach Jakob Hoi paid tribute to Ouseph and the team. He said: “We’re very happy to have the silver, we know we are competitive and we had the chance.
"We have to be happy about it. We were seeded to get silver so it was the minimal goal.The players played to their level.
"Rajiv has been brilliant, he’s a really good team captain. He was fully competitive. I can’t be disappointed. Sarah Walker wasn’t meant to have a chance but she played well and she should be very happy about that.
“Now it’s about re-set. It’s a different tournament, everybody will have their own sleep and eating patterns. I think its physically and mentally tough.”
National coach Pete Jeffery, who was celebrating his birthday, said: “It’s amazing. I think we’ve got a really young team and we’ve really progressed from four years ago.
"I think we really had a sniff of winning here and it makes it really exciting for the coming week for the individual events. There's a lot to look forward to.”
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