Olympic24: Adcocks and Ouseph march on at French Open

Olympic24: Adcocks and Ouseph march on at French Open

23 October 2015 / 07:10

Badminton singles player Rajiv Ouseph progresses to the quarter-finals of the French Open as do Chris and Gabby Adcock in the mixed doubles, picking up Olympic qualification points along the way. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Rajiv Ouseph books rare quarter-final place in Paris after opponent withdraws from match due to injury, while Chris and Gabby Adcock come through in straight sets
  • Daniel Purvis calls on home support to make the difference at World Gymnastics Championships
  • New GB senior women’s head coach Jose Maria Buceta names 16 players for preparation camp ahead of next month’s EuroBasket 2017 qualifying window

Ouseph and Adcocks into last eight


Rajiv Ouseph’s recent upturn in form continued as he advanced to the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Ouseph was leading 21-11, 13-21, 4-3 against India’s Commonwealth champion Parupalli Kashyap when the eighth seed hurt his calf mid rally and was forced to retire.

Ouseph will now play Wang Zhenming in the quarter-finals on Friday.

"I was happy to win but it wasn't how I would've wanted to go through," he said.

"Wang is very solid all round and has a dangerous attack.”

England mixed doubles number one pairing Chris and Gabby Adcock will be in action on Friday too after they also reached the last eight.

The sixth seeds beat Japanese qualifers Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara 21-18, 21-15 to reach their 13th successive world tour quarter-final in a row where they will face fourth seeds Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin.

Purvis relishing Glasgow support for Worlds

Dan Purvis
Olympic bronze medallist Dan Purvis insists Great Britain are ready and raring to take a step towards Rio 2016 with solid performances in front of the home crowd at the upcoming World Gymnastics Championships.

Great Britain have to finish in the top eight in the team event to qualify a spot for Team GB at next year’s Olympic Games.

And Purvis, who won parallel bars and team silver for Scotland at last year’s Commonwealth Games at the same Glasgow Hydro Arena being used for these Championships, believes the crowd can play a big part.

"If everything goes smoothly it should happen," he said. "The team look really good, routines are going really well.

"You only get one chance, but we've prepared the best we can so everyone is looking good, hopefully can hit our routines and it'll be no problem.

"Being up in Glasgow it's always a massive support.

"World Championships is massive pressure but with the crowd behind us we'll feel calm and be ready."

GB name players for senior women's camp

Stef Collins

Jose Maria Buceta has gone for a mix of youth and experience after inviting 16 players for a preparation camp ahead of next month’s first EuroBasket women 2017 qualifying window.

Searching for a fourth straight appearance at Final Round, Great Britain will tip-off their campaign against Montenegro on November 21.

Half of the candidates are drawn from the Women’s British Basketball League while long-serving Olympians Stef Collins, Rachael Vanderwal, Azania Stewart and Chantelle Handy are named.

Five of the squad play in Spain's highly rated Liga Femenina, including Jamila Thompson who is another newcomer, having recently started her first pro-season in Madrid at Cref Hola.

"I am looking forward to working with this group of players," said head coach Buceta.

"I want to thank them for their enthusiasm and their commitment to doing their best to succeed.

"I think that with this current squad we have a good combination of experience and youth to form a team where everybody can take the individual responsibility in order to collectively help each other."

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