FELTHAM badminton star Rajiv Ouseph has taken a huge step towards his ambition of gate-crashing the world's top 10 by the end of the year.
Ouseph, currently ranked number 21, made the badminton world sit up and take notice by knocking world number 12, Chan Yan Kit, out of the French Open in Paris last Wednesday.
And by the time the new rankings are announced today (Thursday), Ouseph could well have climbed three places to world number 18.
The 22-year-old, who learned the game at Hounslow Badminton Centre in North Hyde Lane, Heston, is ranked as England's number two and has won the singles title at the English National Badminton Championships for the past two years.
He has also added the European Circuit, Volant d'Or Open and Canadian Internationals titles to his bulging trophy cabinet this year.
Proud dad Joe said: "It was an amazing achievement to knock out the world number 12 in Paris, and, although he went out in the next round to the world number 10, it will go down as a success.
"The tournament was part of the Super Series, in which only the world's top 32 players can take part, so the competition is the toughest there is. Rajiv will be taking part in the next two Super Series events, in Hong Kong and China, over the next two weekends, before returning home.
"The next one after that, the All England event in Birmingham, is not until the new year, by which time we're hoping he'll be in the world top 10."
It's certainly rapid progress for Ouseph, who just missed out on last year's Beijing Games as he was not ranked high enough.
He is now and should be a dead cert for the 2012 Olympics in his home town.
The Royal Mail certainly think so anyway - Ouseph has been chosen to be one of the faces of their special 2012 Olympics stamps, as revealed in last week's Chronicle.