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Rajiv 2013 Nationals

Ouseph targets Hall’s perfect 10 after the joy of six

Team England badminton star Rajiv Ouseph indulged in the joy of six in Manchester over the weekend as he claimed his sixth consecutive national title at the English National Badminton Championships and then immediately eyed up further crowns.

Ouseph was at his emphatic best in making it six-in-a-row after he toppled friend Carl Baxter 21-13, 21-15, in their 5th consecutive final together, to lift the men’s singles title and he now has his sights firmly set on Darren Hall's record total of 10 men's singles titles.

6 on the bounce set a new record for most consecutive wins at the Championships and Ouseph admitted that gave him a thrill, stating “For me, being called national champion fills me with emotion and pride and I take pride from setting records like this.

“Hopefully, this one will take a while to beat and each year I add to it, it’ll be harder to beat. Yes, Darren’s 10 is obviously a target but I will take it one year at a time.”

Now the world no.34 wants to take his home form onto the international circuit as he begins his cycle towards competing at Rio 2016.

"I was just happy to win and win convincingly, said the Hounslow-born 26-year-old. "That is what I came to do and to just show the guys that is my level and they need to play very well to beat me.

"It is always good to win a tournament, wins are something you can't really put a price on and if I can take this form into the Europeans and then the All-England Open I will be happy with that.”

Ouseph beat former England number one Carl Baxter in straight sets at the National Cycling Centre, winning 21-13, 21-15 in 30 minutes.

Baxter, who was the last person to take a game off Ouseph at the Nationals, some four Championships ago in the 2010 final, has now been beaten by Ouseph in each of the last five years and believes Rajiv’s reign shows no sign of being dethroned.

On Ouseph chasing down Hall’s record of 10 English national singles titles, won between the mid 1980s and the late 1990s, Baxter added “He’s the full package, a top player and he can definitely pass 10. He’s young enough at 26.”