19 May 2017

Gold in Beijing in September 2014 when winning Class 4, Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic and Nada Matic retained the title won in China’s capital city in another city of the same stature; on the late afternoon of Friday 19th May, they secured the top prize in the Women’s Class 4-5 at the 2017 World Team Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In a group organised event, they concluded their schedule unbeaten, overcoming the Great Britain pairing of Sue Gilroy and Megan Shackleton to seal the top prize.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The Serbian duo made the perfect start by winning the doubles (12-10, 11-5, 11-3), before Borislava Peric-Rankovic overcame Sue Gilroy to bring matters to a conclusion.

“We are very happy that we were able to defend our title from three years ago. For us, the aim has always been to stay at the highest level and maintain if for a long time. It always feels nice to be crowned World Champion”, Borislava Peric-Rankovic

Defeat meant third place for Great Britain; the bronze medal.

“The World Championships has provided a very good and positive experience for our players, especially Megan who just came through the development programme. For her to play against Paralympic champions here is a huge experience, she definitely has a good future ahead.” Gorazd Vecko, Great Britain Para Team Performance Director

Earlier in the day, Great Britain had experienced defeat by a similar margin when facing the German duo of Sandra Mikolaschek and Lisa Hentig, the outfit that concluded proceedings in the silver medal position.

Similar to Great Britain they had experienced defeat when facing Serbia, it was their one and only defeat and they could reflect on the reverse with honour; they lost by two matches to one, they were the only team to extract a match from the champions elect.

Sandra Mikolaschek and Lisa Hentig concluded their schedule of matches by recording a two matches to nil win over the Slovakian partnership of Alena Kanova and Katarina Dobrovodska.

Day Three: World Para Team Championships
Photos: Richard Kalocsai

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