01 Sep 2021

Success for China, once again at the semi-final stage of women’s team class 1-3 it was success but with a difference; throughout the team competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, China had not surrendered a single individual match, on the late morning of Wednesday 1st September, the trend was broken.

Michela Brunelli and Giada Rossi gave a most spirited display, they proved most worthy adversaries for Li Qian and Xue Juan.

by Ian Marshall

In fact, the Chinese duo had to perform a recovery; Li Qian and Xue Juan lost the doubles (2-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8).

A possible upset on the cards, it was not to happen; to their great credit, the Chinese pair responded. Li Qian beat Michela Brunelli (13-11, 11-3, 12-10), before Xue Juan overcame Giada Rossi (11-1, 11-8, 11-7) to seal the victory.

Hard earned, in the counterpart women’s team class 1-3 penultimate round engagement, the Korean pairing comprising Lee Migyu and Yoon Jiyu experienced rather less demanding times when facing Croatia’s Helena Dretar and Andela Muzinic.

The doubles was secured (11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7); immediately following Yoon Jiyu returned to the table to bring matters to a conclusion; she overcame Giada Rossi in straight games (11-1, 11-8, 11-7).

Finalists determined, it was the same in men’s team class 8; Ukraine represented by Viktor Didukh and Maksym Nikolenko alongside China’s Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai reserving their places in the gold medal contest.

Facing France, Viktor Didukh and Maksym Nikolenko overcame Thomas Bouvais and Clément Berthier (11-7, 11-8, 11-4), before Viktor Didukh returned to the fray to end matters. He accounted for Thomas Bouvais (10-12, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6).

Impressivel from Ukraine, it was the same from China’s Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai. They overcame a most spirited Great Britain pairing in the form of Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson.

Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai won the doubles (6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5); soon after Zhao Shuai ended matters overcoming Ross Wilson by the very narrowest of decisions (11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10).

Both finals will be played on Thursday 2nd September, the women’s team class 1-3 contest at 1.00 pm, the men’s team class 8 encounter at 5.00 pm.


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