Ouseph hoping to get past Cordon
July 30, 2012 18:51 pm
Rajiv Ouseph will carry the weight of British expectation as the final places in the badminton knockout stage of the London 2012 competition are settled on Tuesday.
The home spotlight has fallen on the Londoner in the men's singles at Wembley Arena following the unexpected demise of Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier in the mixed doubles competition.
Adcock and Bankier, last year's World Championship runners-up, lost their opening two group matches and now play only for pride against top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.
Ouseph, who started with a nail-biting win over Sweden's Henri Hurskainen, can claim a spot in the last 16 by defeating Guatemala's Kevin Cordon.
Ouseph, the world number 25 from Hounslow, praised the vociferous home crowd for helping him through his opener and hopes they have similar effect against 38th-ranked Cordon.
The 25-year-old said: "The crowd were really good for me and I think they'll be great again on Tuesday. Kevin is a slightly different player, he is more attacking. I'll need to be aware of his attack and try to deal with it as best we can."
Great Britain's women's singles hope Susan Egelstaff, of Glasgow, is also hoping to go through but faces a difficult clash against 12th seed Sayaka Sato of Japan.
Egelstaff, who beat Slovenia's Maja Tvrdy on Saturday, is relishing her Olympic debut after recovering from a serious leg injury earlier this year.
The 29-year-old said: "I've played her before and beat her but that was two years ago and she's obviously much better now. I just want to play well again.
"She's totally expected to beat me so it'll be nice to go out there with no pressure and just try to focus on playing well and see how it goes."
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