30 August 1986 |
Hounslow, London, England
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Highest ranking||11 (November 2010)|
|Current ranking||20 (8 December 2013)|
Rajiv Ouseph (born 30 August 1986 in Hounslow, London) is an English badminton player of Malayali (Indian) descent. He was born and brought up in London and studied media and communication at Loughborough University.
Rajiv is currently ranked no.1 in England and has won the Senior National Singles title four times in a row at the English National Badminton Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Ouseph became the first player to win four consecutive national singles titles since Darren Hall (1988–1991). In 2009 he won the Canadian Open, Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse, Scottish Open, Irish Open and went on to win the 2009 European Circuit Finals. Ouseph achieved a career best world ranking of world number 18 in July 2010 after the best win of his career at the US Open men's singles title and winning the Bronze medal in the Men's Singles Event in the 2010 European Badminton Championships. Later that year he won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in men's singles, as well as the bronze medal in the mixed team event. His other notable achievements are winning the European Junior Championship in 2005, the first Englishman to win the title in twenty years. In the junior English national circuit he has won all the singles titles from the ages of under 13 to under 19. In the European arena he has won the under 19 Danish titles in singles and mixed doubles and the German Junior title in singles.
He won his first senior cap for England at the age of nineteen in the Thomas Cup. He also represented England in the Sudirman Cup where he was the youngest player in the English team. Rajiv was selected as the number 1 singles player for the English team in the 2010 Thomas Cup qualifiers which was held in Poland in February 2010.
In the 2013 Hong Kong Super Series, he beat Du Pengyu of China in the first round, but lost out to Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the second round.
International Tournament wins
- 2004—Danish Cup Junior International men's singles winner and mixed doubles winner
- 2005—European Junior Champion in men's singles
- 2005—English U19 Nationals men's singles winner
- 2005—German Junior International men's singles winner
- 2007—Dutch International men's singles runner up
- 2008—English Nationals 2008 Men's Singles Champion
- 2008—Scottish International men's singles winner
- 2008—Irish International men's singles winner
- 2009—English Nationals 2009 Men's Singles Champion
- 2009—Canadian Open Men's Singles Champion
- 2009—Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse Men's Singles Champion
- 2009—European Circuit 2009 Men's Singles Champion
- 2010—English Nationals 2010 Men's Singles Champion
- 2010—US Open Men's Singles Champion
- 2010—XIX Commonwealth Games New Delhi, Men's Singles Runner up