Badminton

English number one wins Finnish Open

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England's number one ranked player Rajiv Ouseph scooped his second consecutive title last week, winning the Finnish Open with victory over Dmytro Zavadsky.

The title follows his triumph at the French International in Orleans, continuing an excellent run of form for the 26-year-old.

Ouseph was the tournament's top seed and is ranked number 31 in the world, and he beat his Ukrainian opponent Zavadsky in straight sets 21-16 21-12 in just 30 minutes.

The clash between the competition's top two seeds saw Zavadsky briefly lead in both sets, before his English counterpart stormed back to wrap up the match and the title.

It was a successful tournament for British badminton as a whole in Finland, as Scotland's Imogen Bankier also took her second title in the space of seven days, partnering Petya Nedelcheva to win the doubles crown.

In Orelans, Bankier and Robert Blair scooped the mixed doubles title at the French International. And she followed that up last Sunday, teaming up with Bulgarian Nedelcheva to beat Danish duo Lena Grebak and Maria Helsbol 21-10 21-14.

Bankier and Nedelcheva were comfortable winners, leading throughout the tie to win in 30 minutes.

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