Olympic24: Oz progress for Ouseph, Edmund withdraws in Paris

Olympic24: Oz progress for Ouseph, Edmund withdraws in Paris

28 May 2015 / 07:53

Rajiv Ouseph and doubles pair Chris and Gabby Adcock both safely into second round of Australian Open Superseries while Kyle Edmund withdraws from French Open due to injury. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Rajiv Ouseph defeats Kenichi Tago in straight sets at Australian Open while Chris and Gabby Adcock beat home favourites Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa 21-10, 21-18
  • Kyle Edmund withdraws ahead of French Open second round match with Nick Kyrgios due to a stomach injury
  • Fellow Brit Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers come from behind to beat Thomaz Bellucci and Joao Sousa in first round
  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson confirms her participation at this year's Anniversary Games

Ouseph and Adcocks march on in Australia

Rajiv Ouseph and Chris and Gabby Adcock were both winners in the opening round of the Australian Open Superseries.

Ouseph defeated Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-11, 21-14 to set up a second round men's singles clash with Tien Chen Chou.

While it was also a set straights affair for Chris and Gabby Adcock as they set up a second round meeting with Nipitphon Puangpuapech and Puttita Supajirakul after seeing off Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa 21-10, 21-18.

However there were exits for women's doubles pairing Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, and men's doubles duos Andrew Ellis and Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.

The Australian Open offers valuable ranking points towards qualification for Rio 2016.

Edmund withdraws with injury but Murray up and running in doubles

 Kyle Edmund will turn his attentions towards getting fit for the grass season after an abdominal injury brought a premature end to his French Open campaign.

Edmund came through three rounds of qualifying at Roland Garros before claiming his first main draw win at a Grand Slam when he beat France's Stephane Robert over five sets on Monday.

He had been due to face Nick Kyrgios today with the winner facing a potential meeting with Andy Murray but 20-year-old Edmund was forced to withdraw.

"Unfortunately I have had to withdraw from my second round match here at Roland Garros due to an abdominal injury," he tweeted.

"On doctors advice and to avoid making the injury worse I have withdrawn to recover and prepare for the grass."

Elsewhere Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers booked their place in round two of the men's doubles after coming from behind to beat Thomaz Bellucci and Joao Sousa 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, although Heather Watson bowed out of the women's doubles after she and Marina Erakovic lost to Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

Johnson-Thompson relishing London return

Katarina Johnson-Thompson admits she can't wait to take a trip down memory lane when she returns to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2015 Anniversary Games.

Johnson-Thompson, who finished 15th on her Olympic debut in the heptathlon at London 2012, will take part in the long jump as she aims to fine tune her preparations for the World Championships in Beijing.

"The Olympics was my first senior international event and it's such a special stadium for me,” said Johnson-Thompson.

“It will be amazing to go back to the Stadium and bring back the memories, it's definitely my favourite event of the calendar.

“This will be a great test four weeks out from Beijing and I'm doing my favourite event in the long jump."

And finally...

Great Britain’s BMX squad are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for medal success at Rio 2016, employing technology used in drone aircraft in order to boost their prospects.

The technology, first developed for unmanned aircraft, uses a camera and sensor system attached to bikes to monitor speed and trajectory of a rider from the moment they exit the start gate and travel across jumps through a course.

That data is then fed instantly back to a table device to be interpreted, with the aim of helping riders shave time off their runs.

"It measures speed across a jump which has been impossible until now," said former world champion Liam Phillips.

"This whole programme is built around the Olympics and we want to have an Olympic champion."

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