There were three wins for British athletes and some narrow losses as the doubles events started in the Montenegro Para Championships in Podgorica.
MD8 - Group 1
Dan Bullen teamed up with Gonzalo Acosta, the class 3 former PanAmerican Championship medallist from Uruguay who is competing for the first time since 2019. They started well in their first match against the class 4 Polish pair of Rafal Liz, European bronze medallist, and World number six Krszysztof Zylka leading 1-0 and 2-1 before losing 11-7 in the fifth. They lost their second match against the class 4 pair from Serbia Aleksandar Jevremovic and Nebojsa Ilic 3-0 and were beaten 3-0 in their final group match by the class 3 pair from Slovenia Bojan Lukezic and Primoz Kancler from Slovenia, who were bronze medallists in the Costa Brava Spanish Open in March.
MD8 – Group 2
Andrew Guy and Lee York were beaten 3-0 in their first match by the experienced German pair of class 3 World and European team gold medallist Thomas Bruechle and two-time European team gold medallist Jan Guertler but kept their hopes of progressing with a 3-0 win against class 1 Marian Kamien from Slovakia and Daniel Staszak from Poland, bronze medallist in the men’s class 5 singles here. Guy and York needed to win their final match against Tomislav Spalj, bronze medallist in the men’s class 4 singles, and European team bronze medallist Sebastian Vegsund but the Croatian/Norwegian pair were 3-0 winners.
Theo Bishop and his partner Eleftherios Mavris from Greece, the class 6 silver medallist at the Al-Watani Para Championships in Jordan last month, lost their opening match to the class 6 pair of Thomas Rau, the European bronze medallist from Germany, and Bobi Simion, the European silver medallist from Romania, 3-0 and did not progress after a 3-0 loss to class 8 Vit Spalek and class 6 Petr Hnizdo from the Czech Republic.
Grace Williams and class 7 Pilar Gonzalez from Spain had a great battle against the teenage Polish pair of Barbara Jablonka and Magdalena Sutkowska Pawlasek which they eventually lost 11-8 in the fifth. They lost to class 8 World number five Juliane Wolf and class 6 World number four Stephanie Grebe from Germany 3-0 and play the last two matches in the round-robin event tomorrow.
XD4-10 – Group 1
Lee York and Slobodanka Guresic from Montenegro renewed their partnership after playing together in the Slovenia Open last month. They had a tough opening match against Thomas Bruechle and class 4 World number five Sandra Mikolaschek which the German pair won 3-0 but won their second match against class 2 Peter Lovas and class 4 Jana Valentova from Slovakia 3-0. They play their final group match tomorrow against Mitar Palikuca and Ana Prvulovic from Serbia.
XD4-10 – Group 3
Dan Bullen and Samra Kojic from Montenegro lost their opening match to the strong Serbian pair of class 3 Mladen Ciric and class 4 World and European champion Borislava Peric-Rankovic 3-0 and were then 3-0 winners against the class 1 pair of Gregorios Chryssikos, silver medallist at the Al-Watani Para Championships, and 16-year-old Evanthia Bournia from Greece. They play their final group match tomorrow against Iker Sastre from Spain and Caroline Tabib from Israel.
Theo Bishop and class 6 Eirini Drakonaki from Greece lost their opening match to class 6 Haris Eminovic from Bosnia Herzegovina and Stephanie Grebe 3-0 and were then beaten 3-0 by class 7 Pjetro Paljusevic and class 6 Milijana Cirkovic from Montenegro. They play their final group match against Michal Deigsler and Barbara Jablonka from Poland tomorrow.
Grace Williams and Aviv Gordon from Israel, the men’s class 9 singles gold medallist, took the first set against Pablo Jacobsen, the class 8 French Open bronze medallist, and class 8 World number two Aida Dahlen but the Norwegian pair came back to take the match 3-1. Williams and Gordon lost their second match against Pavao Jozic, the class 7 European silver medallist, and Mirjana Lucic, the class 9 World team champion from Croatia 3-1 and play their final match in the round robin event against Steffen Salomonsen and Nora Korneliussen from Norway tomorrow.