24 Apr 2019

A direct entry to the women’s singles main draw, Poland’s Natalia Partyka, the no.52 seed, emerged the most successful of the para players on duty at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest.

However, when matters ended on Tuesday 23rd April, alongside Australia’s Melissa Tapper and her male colleagues, compatriot Patryk Chojnowski, Montenegro’s Filip Radovic and Joshua Stacey of Wales, participation was over.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the women’s singles event after overcoming Croatia’s Mateja Jeger (11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7), Natalia Partyka was beaten by Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.23 seed (11-8, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8).

The defeat came after an exit in the women’s doubles event when partnering colleague Natalia Bajor and in the mixed doubles in harness with Jakub Dyjas. In the former, after overcoming Iran’s Mahshid Ashtari and Neda Shahsavari (11-7, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4), it was farewell at the hands of Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Lee Zion (11-8, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6).  Similarly in the mixed doubles, having qualified for the main draw by beating Callum Evans and Charlotte Carey of Wales (11-6, 11-8, 11-7), it was a first round defeat at the hands of the United States partnership formed by Kanak Jha and Wu Yue (12-10, 11-3, 11-5, 2-11, 14-16, 11-2).

Meanwhile, for Melissa Tapper, it was farewell in the group stage of the women’s singles event, as it was in the men’s singles for Patryk Chojnowski, Filip Radovic and Joshua Stacey.

Likewise in the women’s doubles, it was a first round departure for Melissa Tapper in partnership with Michelle Bromley; they suffered at the hands of Italy’s Chiara Colantoni and Giorgia Piccolin (11-5, 15-13, 11-8, 11-3). A first round main draw farewell, it was for Melissa Tapper no different in the mixed doubles when partnering Heming Hu; the duo experienced defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Tomas Polansky and Hana Matelova (8-11, 11-9, 1-7, 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6).

No major upsets, the surprise was the loss experienced by Patryk Chojnowski in partnerships with Jakub Dyjas; the duo experienced defeat in the second preliminary round at the hands of Venezuela’s Cecilio Correa and Jan Medina (11-5, 11-6, 11-7).

A surprise exit, for Joshua Stacey partnering Callum Evans in the men’s doubles they nearly caused a minor upset, they came so close against Jordan’s Zaid Abo Yaman and Zeyadd Aldmaisy (9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 13-11). Rather differently for Filip Radovic in harness with Filip Radunovic. it was a straight games qualification defeat when opposing Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic and Jan Zibrat (11-2, 12-10, 11-8).

Qualification round defeats, it was the same in the mixed doubles for Joshua Stacey and Filip Radovic. Partnering Anna Hursey, for Joshua Stacey it was defeat when facing Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko and Zaura Akasheva (8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 13-15, 11-3); for Filip Radovic in harness with Ivona Petric, it was a reverse when opposing DPR Kore’s An Ji Song and Kim Nam Hae (11-5, 11-6, 11-6).

Joshua Stacey is a class 9 player as opposed to Natalia Partyka, Melissa Tapper, Patryk Chojnowski and Filip Radovic who are all class 10.

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