Words by Francesca Bullock (GB Media)
Silver medals for Jack Hunter-Spivey in men’s class 5 and Ashley Facey-Thompson in men’s class 9 were the highlights for the British team in the singles events at the PTT China Open in Hangzhou today. Megan Shackleton (women’s class 4), Fliss Pickard (women’s class 6), Joshua Stacey (men’s class 9) and Kim Daybell (men’s class 10) all took bronze.
Stacey won 3-0 against Han Yajie from China and then lost 3-1 to 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 was beaten 3-0 by Zhao in the semi-final.
“I played well in patches,” said Stacey, “but in the semi-final Zhao was a lot better at being solid for the first three balls of a rally and was the better player by a wide margin from start to finish. I’m looking forward to playing in the team event with Igor Misztal from Poland and seeing how well we can do.”
Early this morning Josh added a silver medal to his collection as he teamed up with Polish player Igor Misztal. They lost out to China in the final.