Monday, December 8, 2008

Ouseph wins singles, Ellis and Eidestedt lift doubles in Ireland

Rajiv Ouseph won the men's singles title at the Yonex Irish International in Dublin yesterday (Sunday) as he warmed up for the defence of his English National title next month. Just three weeks ago the 21-year-old from Middlesex won the men's singles at the Bank of Scotland International Championships in Glasgow.

In the final Ouseph was too strong for Ireland's Olympic player Scott Evans, winning 21-5 21-19. The win will boost Ouseph’s world ranking from No 44.

Ouseph had 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.

Sixth seed Evans had prevented an all-English final when he beat Avon’s fourth seed Carl Baxter in a tight contest 21-19 21-18. Baxter had defeated Sweden's Mathias 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.

England made it a double when Andrew Ellis (Yorks) and Richard Eidestedt (Bucks) 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, having knocked out the fifth and seventh seeds in the previous two rounds.

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 (Notts) and Robin Middleton (Yorks) at No 31.

In the women's doubles Heather Olver (Sussex) 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.

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