by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor (Interviews by Francesca Bullock)
At the final hurdle Anne Barneoud and Thu Kamkasomphu meet Germany, silver medallists two years ago; with Jennie Wolf, Stephanie Grebe and Corinna Hochdorfer on duty, they recorded a two-one win in opposition to Norway’s Aida Dahlen, Mertethe Tveiten and Nora Karneliussen.
Defeat at the semi-final stage for the defending champions; it was the same in Women’s Team Class 10. Poland experienced a two-one reverse at the hands of Germany’s Marlene Reeg and Lena Kramm but with a very different line-up to two years ago in Vejle. In the Danish town, now four times Paralympic Games Women’s Singles Class 10 champion, Natalia Partykawas on duty alongside Malgorzata Jankowska and Karolina Pek. In Lasko only Karolina Pek remained; she partnered Katarzyna Marszal.
Awaiting in the final is the top seeded Turkish combination of Nesilhan Kavas, Merve Demir and Hilal Turkkan; they recorded a two-one win against Denmark’s Sophie Walloe and Thea Nielsen to reserve their place in the title decider. In Vejle, with Umran Ertis in the line-up as opposed to Hilal Turkkan, they finished in the silver medal position.
Meanwhile, in Women’s Team Class 4-5, the top seeded Serbian combination of Borislava Peric-Rankovic, Nada Matic and Biljana Ubovic maintained their winning ways. They secured a two-nil win in opposition to the Russian combination of Nadejda Pushpasheva and Aleksandra Vasileva.
Alas for Great Britain’s Sue Gilroy and Megan Shackleton it was a further defeat; bronze medallists earlier this year at the World Team Championships in Bratislava and the second seeds in Lasko, they experienced a two-nil reverse at the hands of Germany’s Sandra Mikolaschek and Lisa Hentig.
“They certainly played a lot better than us; we need to do a lot more work on our doubles. It is coming; we had some really good rallies particularly in the first couple of games so that is a real positive and we just need to build on that now.” Sue Gilroy
“It is disappointing regardless of how good the player is; with how hard I work in training and the things that I am capable of, it is disappointing but I think with experience eventually these things will hopefully turn round for me and in the last game I do think I showed promise of what I can bring out in the future.” Megan Shackleton
In Women’s Team Class 2-3 and Women’s Class 11 it was a day of rest; no fixtures were completed.
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