Billy Shilton and his Belgian partner Marc Ledoux (men’s class 8) and Martin Perry and his Israeli partner Asaf Gofer made it through to the semi-finals of their respective team events in the Spanish Open in Almeria today.
Women’s class 1-4
Lucie Bouron and her Japanese partner Yukima Chada lost their opening match to Columbia/France 2-1, with Chada losing to Manuela Guapi Guzman from Colombia and Bouron to Monique Sirgand from France after winning the doubles. They won their second tie against Finland 2-0 and play their final match in the round-robin event tomorrow against Russia/Spain.
Men’s class 1-2
Marc Bonnar and Tim Bunte from Germany were beaten 2-0 by France and 2-0 by Russia. They fought back from 2-0 down to win the doubles against Tomasz Jakimczuk from Poland and Timo Natunen from Finland and Bunte then won the tie with a 3-0 win against Ibrahim Dardas from Jordan. Bonnar and Bunte play their final round-robin match tomorrow against Spain.
Men’s class 4-5
Dan Bullen and David Gabriel from Israel started with a 2-0 loss to Indonesia but progressed from their group after a 2-1 win over Norway/USA, Bullen securing the tie with a 3-0 win against the American Edward Schneider. In the quarter-final against Netherlands they lost the doubles 3-1 and Bullen was beaten in the first singles match by Gerardus Van Grunsven 3-0.
Men’s class 6
After a 2-0 loss to Poland, Perry and Gofer defeated Sweden 2-1, Perry clinching the tie with a 3-0 win against Peter Molander. The 24 year old from Paisley won his singles against David Cucaita Vargas 3-0 to win the tie against Columbia/Kazakhstan for his team 2-0 and take them into tomorrow’s semi-final against Chile/France.
Men’s class 7
Alex Bland and Norway’s Markus Koteng defeated Japan/Colombia 2-0 with Bland winning the first singles against Kazuya Kaneko 3-0. A hard-fought 3-2 win by Bland over Vladimir Anikanov was not enough to prevent a 2-1 loss to Russia/Ukraine and although Bland and Koteng won the doubles against Maksym Chudzicki and Wojciech Wlazlo, the Polish team won both singles to win the tie 2-1 and knock the British/Norwegian partnership out of the competition.
Men’s class 8
Shilton and the very experienced Ledoux came through their group undefeated after beating Netherlands 2-0, Japan 2-0 and Algeria 2-0. That took them through to a quarter-final against the Spanish/German combination of Ricard Sabio Ruiz and Karl Witzgall and after combining to win the doubles Ledoux won the first singles against Witzgall 3-0. Shilton and Ledoux play Paralympic champions Ukraine in the semi-final tomorrow.
Men’s class 10
Josh Stacey and Shae Thakker lost their opening match to Indonesia 2-0 but a 2-0 victory against Spain 2 earned them a quarter-final against the first Spanish team of Jose Ruiz Reyes and Jorge Cardona. They put up a great performance to win the doubles 3-1 and although Stacey fought hard against the former European class 10 team champion Cardona, the Spaniard took the match 3-1 before Ruiz Reyes won the tie for Spain with a 3-0 win against Thakker.
Craig Allen and Alexandros Diakoumakos from Greece were beaten 2-1 by Spain and were knocked out after a 2-1 loss to Chile.