15 Sep 2016

Opponents earlier in the week in the final of Women’s Singles Class 10; Natalia Partyka and Yang Qian underlined their quality at the semi-final stage of the Women’s Team Class 6-10 event on Thursday 15th September, as they guided their respective outfits to a place in the gold medal contest.

Natalia Partyka proved the backbone of the Polish success against Brazil; similarly, Yang Qian was the mainstay of China’s win over Australia.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor.

Impressively, Natalia Partyka beat Daniella Rauen (11-4, 11-1, 11-3) to conclude matters in the contest against Brazil, having in the opening match of the engagement partnered Karolina Pek to doubles success when facing Bruna Alexandre and Daniella Rauen (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

Yang Qian

Similarly, Yang Qian joined forces with Lei Lina to set China en route to victory in opposition to the Australian partnership of Andrea McDonnell and Melissa Tapper; a four games win was recorded (11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6), before Yang Qian defeated Melissa Tapper to conclude matters (11-6, 11-5, 11-7).

“It’s quite simple, every part of her play is better than mine; she was just too strong”, reflected Melissa Tapper. “No doubt she trains more than me.”


Equally, the Brazilians were philosophical in defeat.

“We knew that we needed win the doubles to advance to the final but we did not succeed”, said Bruna Alexandre. “Some moments, we took the wrong decision and made easy mistakes; now, we have to focus in the bronze medal match, against Australia.”

New day, new match

Perhaps a little disappointed but Bruna Alexandre has laid the past to history.

“We have to give everything against Australia”, concluded Bruna Alexandre. “It’s other match, totally different”

Final and bronze medal

The final and bronze medal contests are scheduled for 12.00 noon on Saturday 17th September.

Paralympics Natalia Partyka Melissa Tapper Yang Qian Bruna Alexandre Andrea McDonnell Karoline Pek Danieele Rauen