London 2012 bronze medallists Jane Campbell and Sara Head began their bid for a medal in the women’s class 3 team event at the Slovenia Open with a 2-0 win against European champions Croatia. The GB pair combined to win a tight doubles match 11-8 in the fifth and Head then won the tie with a 3-0 defeat of Helena Dretar Karic.
Will Bayley, Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson are playing team event together for the first time since winning bronze in men’s class 6-8 in London 2012 and they made a winning start against a combined team from Italy and Thailand.
McKibbin and Wilson won the doubles and McKibbin then secured a 2-0 win for his team with a 3-1 win over the Italian Samuel De Chiara in the first singles.
Billy Shilton and his Brazilian team partner lost their opening match to the formidable Chinese team of Ye Chao Qun and Zhao Shuai 0-2 but 17 year old Shilton won some good points in his singles match against World number four Zhao despite a 3-0 loss.
In women’s class 4 Megan Shackleton and her German partner Sandra Mikolaschek had a comfortable 2-0 win in their opening match against a combined team from Croatia and the Czech Republic.
Jack Hunter-Spivey and his partner Tommy Urhaug from Norway also started with a 2-0 win in men’s class 5 against Argentina. The pair combined to win the doubles 3-0 and Paralympic champion Urhaug clinched the tie with a 3-0 win over Mauro Depergola.
The team event continues tomorrow.