22 Sep 2018

Gold for Kim Daybell and Josh Stacey, it was success for Great Britain on the second day of action, Friday 21st September, in the Men’s Singles standing categories at the 2018 Czech Para Open in Ostrava.

Respective silver and bronze medallists earlier in the year at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, Kim Daybell secured the Class 10 title; Josh Stacey emerged successful in Class 9.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Local eyes very much focused on the Class 10 final as Kim Daybell, the top seed, faced the host nation’s Ivan Karabec, the no.2 seed; the decision went in favour of the visitor in four games (11-8, 11-5, 3-11, 17-15).

“It was a tough match today. We have played each other so many times over the years. He is always a difficult opponent and I was pleased to come through. It bodes well for me coming into the World Championships next month and I feel that I am in good form. The early rounds were comfortable so to suddenly have to play at the top level was a challenge. Overall there is still plenty to work on but I was pleased with my performance.” Kim Daybell

Defeat for Ivan Karabec but he was realistic, most certainly he had proved a most worthy opponent.

“I know Kim very well. Sometimes I win, sometimes he wins.” Ivan Karabec

Success for Kim Daybell as status advised; for Josh Stacey, the success was somewhat contrary to expectations. The no.2 seed at the final hurdle he overcame colleague and top seed, Ashley Facey Thompson; a straight games success was the order of proceedings.

“I think I played well, especially in the final, I handled my nerves well. Playing Ash was a strange feeling because we had been warming up together at the tournament. It’s a good feeling to win my first singles gold and now I’m looking forward to the team event.” Josh Stacey

Fine performances from the British pair, there was also a most notable effort from Croatia’s Pavao Jozic. He emerged the somewhat surprise Class 7 winner. The no.3 seed, at the final hurdle he beat Sweden’s Jonas Hansson (13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6), the player who in the penultimate round had beaten in form colleague, Nicklas Westerberg (11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5), the quarter-final winner in opposition to the host nation’s Daniel Horhut, the top seed (11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8).

Otherwise, in the standing categories it was success as status advised. Romania’s Bobi Simon won Class 6; Hungary’s Andras Csonka secured the Class 8 title.

Meanwhile in Class 11, in the final between the two most recent Paralympic Games gold medallists, the Rio 2016 winner prevailed against the London 2012 champion; Belgium’s Florian Van Acker beat Hungary’s Peter Palos by the narrowest of five game margins (11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 3-11, 12-10).

Attention now turns to the Men’s Team events, play concludes on Saturday 22nd September.

2018 Czech Para Open: Draws and Results

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