December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
English number one and six-time national champion Rajiv Ouseph made a confident start at the London Grand Prix with a comfortable victory over Ukraine’s Vitaly Konov.
The Londoner eased through 21-12 21-12 in his first round men’s singles match at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Commonwealth silver medallist from West London said: “It was the first time I’ve played a match in the hall, so it was a bit difficult in the very beginning, just seeing how the shuttle flew around, so I was just trying to get used to it as much as possible. But after that I was quite comfortable from halfway through the first game.”
The English No. 1 will now face Hsu Jui Ting of Taipei in the third round. The No.4 seed made it to the semi-finals of last year’s Grand Prix Gold event in Germany, and he’s hoping at least to match that.
“I’m obviously seeded to get that far again, so it’s possible, but I just need to take it round by round,” he said.
This is Ouseph’s first time playing in London since the London 2012 Olympic Games and Ouseph was surprised by the support of the crowd.
He added: “I didn’t think there would be that many people but there was, and it was nice to see a lot of kids and people out, so hopefully there will be more during the week.”
Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, winner of the Czech International last week, reached the last 16 of the women’s singles with a 21-11 21-14 win over Simone Prutsch of Austria.
Leeds player Sarah Milne won her all-Yorkshire battle with Sheffield teenager Chloe Birch, coming from behind to win 14-21 21-9 21-15.
English national champion Sarah Walker also went through after receiving a walkover against American qualifier Beiwen Zhang.