Rajiv Ouseph is through to the last eight in the men’s singles at the Yonex US Open in Orange County, Los Angeles.
The three-times English National champion and world No. 23 from Middlesex defeated Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-12 21-12 in yesterday’s third round. The third seed will now meet Korean seventh seed Shon Wan Ho, who is ranked nine places below Ouseph at No. 32 in the world.
But sixth seed Carl Baxter (Avon) was unable to join him in the last eight after losing in two tight games to France’s ninth seed Brice Leverdez 21-18 21-16.
Nathan Robertson (Notts) and Jenny Wallwork (Yorks), the second seeds and world No. 12 pair, are through to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles. The European bronze medalists were too strong for Switzerland’s Thomas Heiniger and Sanya Herzig, winning their second-round contest 21-8 21-6.
That earned them a last-eight clash with Taipei sixth seeds Cheng Hung Ling and Cheng Wen Hsing.
England have a third quarter-finalist with Andrew Ellis (Yorks) and Chris Langridge (Surrey) easing their way past Canada’s Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng 21-12 21-16 in the men’s doubles. They now meet Taipei third seeds Chen Hung Ling and Lin Yu Lang.
Langridge’s men’s doubles win made up for his mixed doubles exit with Alyssa Lim (Bucks) when they fell to Taipei third seeds Lee Sheng Mu and Chien Yu Chin 21-10 21-14.
The coaching trio of Kenneth Jonassen, Pete Jeffrey and Graham Hurrell took several positives from Wednesday’s matches.
Of Ouseph’s performance they said: “He played a good game with few mistakes and was always one step ahead of Chou. Now he faces the Korean No. 2. It will be a difficult match but not without a chance of him going through.
“Carl had what you might call an off-day. Nothing really worked for him but he tried and his fighting spirit was high.”
Of the mixed doubles they reported: “Nathan and Jenny were a level above their Swiss opponents but their next match, against one of the in-form pairs from Taipei, will be an interesting test.
“Chris and Alyssa played well but were over-matched against another of Taipei’s in-form partnerships.
“In the men’s doubles Chris and Andy played a solid match and had an easy win but the quarter-final will be a different matter against Taipei’s No. 2 pair.”
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