Perry and Shilton through to semi-finals in Spanish Open team events

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.