Month: May 2019

Success in Gerona, Marc Ledoux repeats feat in Wladyslawowo

by Ian Marshall, Editor Second place in his initial stage group, beaten by Great Britain’s Aaron McKibbin, the no.6 seed (11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6), in the main draw Marc Ledoux progressed from strength to strength. After accounting for Poland’s Marcin Skrzynecki, the no.2 seed (4-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4) and Slovakia’s Richard Csejtey, the no.5 seed (12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8), he beat Great Britain’s Billy Shilton, also not seeded (11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7), to secure gold. Notably in the adjacent half of the draw, Billy Shilton had caused a major quarter-final upset by overcoming Sweden’s Emil Andersson, the top seed (4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9), prior to ousting colleague, Aaron McKibbin (7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9) to reserve his place in the final. “It has been a great competition for me overall and I’m delighted with a silver medal. The level I have been playing in training is really starting to show and I’m really pleased I am getting...

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Stronger from defeat, gold for Sandra Mikolaschek

by Ian Marshall, Editor Competing in class 4, on the opening day of play, Sandra Mikolaschek had experienced defeat at the hands of Serbia’s Nada Matic (11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6); on the second day, after accounting for Borislava Peric-Rankovic, the top seed, the reigning Paralympic and World champion (12-10, 5-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9), the German extracted revenge. She accounted for Nada Matic in straight games (11-8, 11-6, 11-7). Success against the top seed, it was the same for Ingela Lundbäck in class 5 but one round later; she accounted for Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad to seal the title (11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5). A successful day for Ingela Lundbäck (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)  Otherwise, in the women’s singles events it was the top prize for the top seed. In group organised events, in class 1-2, Russia’s Nadejda Pushpasheva finished ahead of Serbia’s Ana Prvulovic; in class 9 it was first place for Poland’s Karolina Pek ahead of...

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