On a day of mixed results for the British squad at the PTT Dutch Open in Stadskanaal five players are through to the quarter-finals of their respective singles events tomorrow.
World champion Ross Wilson (men’s class 8) and Paul Karabardak (men’s class 6) progressed as group winners after winning all their matches while Sue Gilroy (women’s class 4), Tom Matthews (men’s class 1) and David Wetherill (men’s class 6) took second place in their respective groups.
Wilson was a 3-0 winner against 19 year old Devin Wassink from Netherlands and the two-time Oceania champion from Australia Nathan Pellissier and is seeded to meet Chinese World number two Zhao Shuai in the final tomorrow in what would be a repeat of their World Championship final last year.
Karabardak began with a 3-0 win against 15 year old Kristian Jelinek from Czech Republic but then had to fight hard to defeat Tim Laue, the European team bronze medallist from Germany, 3-2, taking the final set 11-4 after losing a tight fourth set 12-10. He secured top place in his group with a 3-0 win against 16 year old Asier Llave from Spain.
Gilroy was a 3-0 winner against Tarsilem Tarsilem from Indonesia but lost her second match to World number nine Joyce De Oliveira, the four-time PanAmerican champion from Brazil, 3-1. She clinched her place in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win against the World team silver medallist from Germany Lisa Hentig.
Matthews was a 3-0 winner against Ibrahim Dardas from Jordan but lost his chance of a bye into the semi-finals with a 3-0 loss to Seeun Lim from Korea, who went on to top the group with Matthews in second place.
After starting with a 3-0 win against newcomer Mark Alberti from Netherlands, Wetherill also lost his chance of an automatic semi-final place after a 3-0 loss to the in-form Russian Mars Gabdullin, a bronze medallist in the China Open last week.
Pathway athletes Cellan Hall (men’s class 5) and Grace Williams (women’s class 8) did not progress from their tough respective groups. Hall lost 3-0 to the Paralympic champion from China Cao Ningning and was then edged out by 22 year old Sem Roelofs from Netherlands 3-2, having led 2-1. Williams could not have had a tougher first match on her international debut and was beaten 3-0 by Mao Jingdian, the World number one and double World and Paralympic champion from China. The 16 year old then went down fighting in the battle of the teenagers which 18 year old Frederique Van Hoof from Netherlands won 3-1.