Seven British players have made it through to the knockout stages in the singles events at the PTT China Open in Hangzhou today.
In women’s class 4 Megan Shackleton showed her continued improvement by twice levelling against the World number two from China Zhou Ying, taking a tight fourth set 12-10 before the Beijing and London Paralympic champion took the match 11-6 in the fifth. Shackleton secured her place in the semi-finals tomorrow with a 3-1 win against World number nine Joyce De Oliveira, the Pan American champion from Brazil, and will play Zhang Miao, the Chinese World number three.
Fliss Pickard started with a 3-1 win against the Asian Para Games silver medallist Lam Oi Man from Macau then was edged out in a great battle by Najlah Al Dayyeni, the 15 year old Asian championships silver medallist from Iraq, who won a titanic fourth set 19-17 and clinched the match 12-10 in the fifth. Pickard went through in second place and will play Katarzyna Marszal, the former World champion from Poland, in the semi-finals.
Jack Hunter-Spivey progressed to the quarter-finals of men’s class 5 as group winner after 3-0 wins against Norakan Chanpahaka from Thailand, Asian championships team gold medallist Agus Sutanto from Indonesia and Cheong Lam Sam from Macau. He will play Toru Nakamoto from Japan tomorrow.
In men’s class 8 Billy Shilton beat Arufuahirokazu Tateishi from Japan 3-1 and then lost 3-0 to Piotr Grudzien from Poland, the former World number one and World, Paralympic and European team gold medallist. Shilton took second place in the group with a 3-0 win against the Italian Samuel De Chiara and will play the 17 year old Asian champion Peng Weinan from China in the quarter-finals.
Joshua Stacey and Ashley Facey Thompson are both through to the semi-finals in men’s class 9. Stacey won 3-0 against Han Yajie from China but lost 3-1 to the World number three from Japan Koyo Iwabuchi. He secured second place in his group with a 3-1 win in his final match against Dinesh Pitiyage Don Silva from Sri Lanka and will play Asian champion Zhao Yi Qing from China tomorrow. Facey Thompson also began with a 3-0 win against the Dutchman Tonnie Heijnen and then lost 3-1 to Zhao; he beat Wong Chi Yin from Hong Kong 3-0 in is final group match and plays Iwabuchi in the semi-finals tomorrow.
After taking a tight first set 12-10 Kim Daybell beat Nariaki Kakita from Japan 3-0 and then lost 3-1 to the Chinese World number three Lian Hao. He lost the first set against Bunpot Sillapakong from Thailand 12-10 but took the next three 5,2 and 5 and will play the former World and Paralympic champion Ivan Karabec from Czech Republic in the semi-finals.
In men’s class 6 Martin Perry was a 3-0 winner against the Egyptian Ibrahim Hamadtou but was beaten 3-1 by the Chinese World number seven Huang Jiaxin and went out after a 3-1 loss in his final group match to Mars Gabdullin from Russia.