Matthews takes team silver on final day in Italy

Tom Matthews today added a team silver to the singles bronze he won in men’s class 1 on the final day of the Lignano Master Open in Italy while fellow Welshman Paul Karabardak, gold medallist in the men’s class 6 singles, was forced to withdraw from the team event with a foot injury.

Matthews and team partner Endre Major won their first two matches in the round robin men’s class 1 team event against combined teams from Russia/Croatia and Argentina/Romania 2-0 and their final match against Italy decided the gold medal. The Welsh/Hungarian partnership had to settle for silver after the Italian team of Andrea Borgato and Federico Falco won the doubles and Borgato beat Matthews 3-1.

“I feel I played better than I did in my singles event,” said Matthews. “I always knew it would be a tough match against Borgato and I feel I played well but didn’t take my chances when I needed to. I have learnt a lot more about my game again this tournament and now know what I need to go back and work on in the training hall. I’m now looking forward to the BPTT Nationals next month and then my next international competition in Slovenia in May.”

Karabardak and partner Martin Perry won their first match against Australia/Ireland but the Swansea player picked up a foot injury during the match and the GB pair were forced to withdraw from the competition.

Although finishing outside the medals in women’s class 6-7 team with Romanian partner Gabriela Constantin, Felicity Pickard had a good 3-0 win over Emelie Endre, the Swedish girl who she lost against in the singles event, and put up a good performance against the Russian class 7 World number five, losing 3-2.

Swansea teenager Lawrence John and his Belgian partner Adonis Mylonas came through their group in men’s class 10 but went out in the quarter-finals to Malaysia/Poland.