Rajiv Ouseph took top honours at the English National Badminton Championships in Manchester this afternoon when he extended his record run of men’s singles titles to six.
They scored a 21-14 24-22 victory over Marcus Ellis and Alyssa Lim, who were also appearing in their first final.
Ellis and Lim looked to have levelled the match when they led 20-15 in the second game but they let slip seven game points before Langridge and Olver took the contest on their first match point after 52 minutes.
The Championships were guaranteed a new name on the women’s singles trophy and third seed Sarah Walker, the 2011 runner-up, came from a game down to beat Coventry’s seventh seed Fontaine Chapman 11-21 21-18 21-18 despite having trailed 11-8 at the change of ends in the final game.
With the players level at 15-15 the 23-year-old from Essex edged her way to the title.
Baxter was the last person to take a game off Ouseph in the 2010 final but this afternoon the Middlesex man eased elegantly to the title 21-13 21-15 in 30 minutes and he now has his sights firmly set on Darren Hall’s record total of 10 men’s singles titles.
Ouseph is still only 26 and he said: “Yes, Darren’s 10 is obviously a target but I will take it one year at a time.
Baxter, who now works as a trainee broker in the sport, recreation and entertainment team at AON in the City, was full of admiration for Ouseph. “He’s the full package, a top player,” said Baxter. “He can definitely pass 10, he’s young enough at 26.
“I’m not having a dig at the younger boys but he is simply so match better than the rest of us.
“I am doing a bit of work with Alex Lane and some of the other younger ones but there’s a long way to go to catch him up.”
The second seeds’ 21-9 21-9 win made Smith the first Cumbrian to win an English National title since Margaret Beck in 1975. White became the first player to win four women’s doubles titles in a row since Gillian Clark in 1990, a record sequence first set by Margaret Boxall in 1970.
The best final was the last one with Langridge and Peter Mills making up for last year’s disappointment when they lost to Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis by beating Adcock and Ellis’s stand-in Marcus Ellis to lift the men’s doubles trophy.
Langridge and Mills came from a game down to win 13-21 21-16 22-20 in a match with a dramatic finale. Adcock and Ellis saved a match point at 20-19 down then Ellis was service faulted and Langridge and Mills took the title at their second opportunity.
Langridge finished with two titles, Mills claimed his first National crown and unlucky Ellis was left with two runners-up spots to show for his two finals.
If you were unable to attend the Championships, you can see highlights of the finals on Sky Sports 4 at 8pm on Tuesday, February 5.