Wednesday 24 January 2018

Ouseph reclaims Irish crown

ENGLAND'S Rajiv Ouseph, the first-round conqueror of Dubliner Scott Evans, captured the men's singles title at the Irish International Championships in Lisburn yesterday.

No 3 seed Ouseph, also the winner in 2008 in Dublin, when he beat Evans in the final, prevailed for the second time when his Polish opponent Przemyslaw Wacha, the No 2 seed, retired with a hamstring injury when trailing 21-15 11-5.

In the women's singles final, Taiwan's Hsioa Ma Pa, the No 4 seed, recovered from losing the opening set to defeat Spain's Carolina Marin, the No 2 seed, on a 12-21 21-19 21-7 margin.

Despite exiting in the quarter-finals, Ireland's Chloe Magee clinched her place in next year's London Olympics.

In the mixed doubles, England's Marcus Ellis and Heather Olver beat Dave Khodabux and Selena Piek from the Netherlands in straight sets 21-19 21-17.

Olver was also in action in the women's doubles, partnering Marin Agathangelou, but lost out to Hui Urn Ng and Hui Lin Ng of Malaysia in three sets, 14-21 21-16 21-11.

In the men's doubles England's Marcus Ellis and Peter Mills lost to Polish No 1 seeds Adam Cwalina and Michal Logosz 21-15, 21-15.

Irish Independent

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