• England's National Badminton League: Surrey Smashers beat Team Derby 5-0

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    London: Team Derby were left shell-shocked after a 5-0 hammering by Surrey Smashers left their National Badminton League play-off hopes in the balance.

    Bitterly disappointed coach Donna Kellogg says Derby probably now have to win their last two matches – and win them well – to keep their chances of a top-four finish alive.Rajiv Ouseph (left) congratulates Carl Baxter on his surprise victory.

    Rajiv Ouseph (left) congratulates Carl Baxter on his surprise victory.

  • World Champs Day 2: Chong Wei Feng Ousted

    Copenhagen: Malaysia’s second men’s singles -  Chong Wei Feng suffered a devastating first round exit on day 2 of badminton World Championships at Copenhagen.

    The 16th seed Malaysian wasted a six-point lead in the second set and a five-point advantage in the rubber game for a 21-17, 22-24, 16-21 defeat to England's Rajiv Ouseph in 65 minutes.Chong Wei Feng (yellow) vs Rajiv Ouseph

    Chong Wei Feng (yellow) vs Rajiv Ouseph

  • Glasgow 2014: It's now or never for Wei Feng and Daren Liew

    Glasgow: So, who's the favorite to win the badminton men's singles title at XX Commonwealth Games after Lee Chong Wei's withdrawal? Really, there is none. Or there are about 4 to 6 players, depending on your viewpoint.Daren Liew (left) and Chong Wei Feng have to step up in Glasgow after losing Lee Chong Wei

    Daren Liew (left) and Chong Wei Feng have to step up in Glasgow after losing Lee Chong Wei

  • European Badminton Championships Finals

    Kazan, Russia: Denmark - the European badminton powerhouse, made all of the finals of badminton's European Championships in Kazan, Russia on Sunday.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen beat Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed double finals.

    Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen beat Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed double finals.

    The top seed Jan Ø Jorgensen of Denmark was able to live up to his expectation in men’s singles by beating fifth-seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-18, 21-10 in just 33 minutes to take the gold. Ouseph, who won a European bronze four years ago, reeled

  • Europeans to shine once more: Ouseph (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: England's Rajiv Ouseph believes that European singles players are slowly but surely catching up with their Asian counterparts.

    While Europe has always provided a strong challenge in the doubles events, it is the men’s singles that has always been lacking since the glory days of Denmark’s Peter Gade.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will be severely tested when he faces rising Japanese star Kento Momota in the second round.

    But Ouseph, who defeated Gade in the first round of the All-England two years ago, believes that the European men are definitely on their way back up once more.

    This was after the lanky 27-year-old fought to a superb win over China’s world No. 7 Du Pengyu in the first round of the All-England on Wednesday.

  • European Team Championships: England lose to Denmark in final (pic)

    England collected the silver medal at the European Team Championships after a 3-1 final defeat by Denmark in Basel.

    Team captain Rajiv Ouseph gave England a solid start with a singles victory over Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

    But Andy Ellis and Chris Adcock, and Chris Langridge and Peter Mills, lost their doubles encounters while Toby Penty lost the second singles match.Adcock and Ellis were unable to follow that up as they suffered a 21-17 19-21 21-14 defeat by Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe.

    "We were here to win, but also to measure our level, and I'm proud of the silver," said England coach Jakob Hoi.

    "Being in the final gave us the opportunity to compete against the best and that's what we are here for."

  • England defeat Germany to reach Euro Team final (pic)

    England's men beat Germany 3-1 to set up a meeting with Denmark in the final of the European Team Championships.

    Rajiv Ouseph won his singles match while doubles pairs Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis, and Chris Langridge and Peter Mills, were both victorious.England took command of the contest when Adcock and Ellis defeated Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler 21-19 21-19 in the first doubles encounter.

    It means England will collect silver for the first time in the competition after taking bronze two years ago.

    Victory over the Danes on Sunday would also give England their first gold in a European team event since 1984.

  • Yonex signs deal to sponsor badminton English National Championships (pic)

    Badminton England has announced sports equipment firm Yonex has signed a multi-year deal to become the official sports equipment partner of the English National Championship series.

    This year's Championships are due to take place at stadium:mk in Milton Keynes on February 8 and 9.Rajiv Ouseph will be taking part in the English National Championships which will be sponsored by Yonex

    Badminton England is based in Milton Keynes and this will be the first time the Championships will be staged in the city after taking place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for the past nine years.

    Japanese firm Yonex has a long association with the sport of badminton and the company has been a long-term partner of Badminton England.



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