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Ouseph leads the London quarter-final charge

Ouseph leads the London quarter-final charge - Badminton Europe
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Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph led England's assault on the quarter-finals of the London Grand Prix at the Copper Box Arena yesterday evening. But England's Heather Olver and Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour booked their places in two quarter-finals each.

Ouseph, the six-times English National champion from West London beat Taipei's Hsu Jui Ting 21-14 21-12 in 34 minutes. He was never behind in the opening game and, after dropping the first point of the second game, moved steadily ahead ahead with a confident display.

Ouseph said: "I was probably a bit more comfortable in the hall than I was yesterday, and I think his game style suited mine. He is quite young, so he made a few mistakes that he wouldn't have made if he was older. So I managed to capitalise on those and it was comfortable in the end so I was quite happy."

"The conditions change day to day, so every day you need to get used to the arena as quickly as you can so you're comfortable and playing your own game.`

The fourth seed will face Zulfadi Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the last eight tomorrow night at the tournament which is being presented by BADMINTON England in partnership with adidas. He said: "I'm probably favourite to win, but I've played him before and it was a three- game match, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

Denmark's third seed Viktor Axelsen (pictured below), the 19-year-old European Junior Champion from 2011, who took a coaching clinic earlier in the day, also moved into the last eight with a 21-10 21-12 win over Sweden's Henri Hurskainen. Axelsen now meets China's Song Xue.

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