Daybell and Facey Thompson power into European Para Table Tennis Championships quarter-finals
Kim Daybell and Ashley Facey Thompson kept British hopes flying high at the European Para Table Tennis Championships after a solid display saw them through to the quarter-finals of the men’s class 10 team event in Slovenia.
Daybell and Facey Thompson topped their group after defeating Latvia 2-0 and France by the same scoreline.
World number ten Daybell admitted the key moment in his match against French world number four Mateo Boheas was his victory in the second set.
“[That] was a big one to win,” admitted Daybell. “I think we could both feel it in the game. It is always close when I play against him and I just played a little bit better today so it was nice to do that after the singles yesterday.
“With the field being as strong as it is winning the group is massive to avoid some of the top seeds so we’ll just see who we get and hopefully on Monday we’ll be able to come out and do the same thing.”
Facey Thompson added his confidence was growing all the time and he wants to kick on and cement his position as a solid partner for Daybell in the future.
“We haven’t played doubles together since Rio,” the world number 18 said.
“But with me training full time now it has given me a lot of confidence and I feel that I can be with Kim as a partner and not just as the second player.”
Elsewhere, there were wins for David Wetherill, Paul Karabardak and Martin Perry against Norway in the class 6team event, while Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson and Billy Shilton overpowered Russia in their first team group match in class 8.
Wilson and McKibbin won the doubles 3-0, before the former beat Pablo Jacobsen in the singles.
However, defeat to London 2012 champions Poland means they face a nervous wait to see if they have progressed to Tuesday’s quarter-finals, with Poland taking on Norway on Monday.
In the class 6 team competition, Wetherill and Karabardak sealed a 3-0 win in the doubles, with Wetherill defeating Alexander Esaulov 3-0 in the singles to secure the tie.
The pair, along with Perry, who watched on from the bench, take on Greece in the second group match on Monday.
In the women’s class 4-5 team event, 2015 European team bronze medallists Sue Gilroy and Megan Shackleton were beaten by Slovenia and Russia in their first two round-robin matches, but will resume on Tuesday against Germany before their final clash, against Serbia, the following day.