by Ian Marshall, Editor
Competing in class 6, notably Cristian Dettoni beat Frenchman Bastien Grundeler, the no.3 seed (11-9, 12-10, 11-13, 11-7), Matias Pino accounted for Spain’s Alberto Seoane, the no.4 seed (11-4, 11-6, 11-8). The consolation for Bastien Grundeler and Alberto Seoane being that it was their only defeat, second place and thus progress to the main draw was achieved.
Defeats for the second and third seeds, there were no such problems for the top two seeds; both Spain’s Alvaro Valera and Romania’s Bobi Simion remained unbeaten to secure first positions.
Problems for notable names, in class 7, the problems were even greater. Spain’s Jordi Morales, the top seed secured first place in his group, before in the main draw overcoming Sweden’s Jonas Hansson (7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7). However, for the Czech Republic’s Daniel Horut it was third place behind Poland’s Michal Deigsler and Sweden’s Niklas Westerberg.
Similarly, there were problems for Hong Kong’s Lee Ming Yip; he finished in second place in his group behind Slovakia’s Miroslav Jambor, before in the opening round losing to Michal Deigsler (11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10).
Testing experiences; for Great Britain, it was differing fortunes. In class 9, Josh Stacey beat Spain’s Juan Perez, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-8) to secure first place in his group; conversely in class 10, Kim Daybell, the no.2 seed, lost to Bas Hegerlink of the Netherlands. One surprise in class 10 and there was another, the Czech Republic’s Ivan Karabec accounted for Frenchman, Mateo Boheas, the no.3 seed (11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9).
Disappointments but for Juan Perez, Kim Daybell and Mateo Boheas it was second position and progress; for Belgium’s Laurens Devos, the top seed in class 9 and Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski, the leading name in class 10, it was first place in the group with alarm bells sounding.
Meanwhile, in the remaining men’s singles standing category, in class 8, Sweden’s Emil Andersson and Poland’s Marcin Skrzynecki, the leading names topped their respective groups as in class 11, the event for players with learning difficulties, did Belgium’s Florian Van Acker and Hungary’s Peter Palos.
Play in the men’s singles standing events concludes on Friday 31st May.
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