Wales get their win!

Posted by Carissa Turner at 08:03 on 23 March 2016

The second day of competition at the European Under 17 Championships was even tougher than the first day but Wales have managed to advance to the next round of the Men's Doubles after a thrilling performance from Joe and Andrew.

Gean was up first against a very strong opponent who almost towered over her. The nerves, topped with a shin injury, got to Gean in the first set and she started off badly making too many unforced errors. But in the second set she managed to settle and began to play herself in to the game. Although she was up at the 11 point interval and in complete control of the match her injury took hold and shortly after she was forced to call for the physio. Gean limped back on court in an attempt to win the second set but the injury became too much of a hindrance which the Turk capitalised on. It was a real shame as she was getting in to her stride in the second set and hitting winners left, right and centre. Gean was very upset by the limitation her injury put on her movement as she felt she could have won her match had she been fit, but knows that there are lots of positives to take from her match.

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Gean later went back on court for the Women’s Doubles with Irelands Rebecca Woods. They got off to a flying start in the first set, narrowly missing out on taking it. But in the second set the Spanish pair's experience of playing together took over and Gean was out of the tournament.

Andrew Oates and Joe Cottrill were next up and Wales’ last chance to stay in the competition. The boys started perfectly going up 11-6 in the first set. The Ukrainians managed to steal a few points back but the Welsh pair held their nerve towards the end to take the first set 21-18. The change of ends meant they were on the slower side of the hall and the Ukrainians took advantage of this and came out attacking, Joe and Andrew couldn’t clear their lines and ended up losing the second set 13-21. The next set went point for point most of the way with the boys leading 11-9 at the change of ends. But this time they were prepared and had the tactic of pressurising the net and not lifting out in mind which they executed perfectly. The Ukrainians had no answer for this and Joe and Andrew won the deciding set 21-16.

Tomorrow the boys will face Russian pair Georgie Karpov and Mikhail Lavrikov at 11:30am local time.
Andrew Oates said; “We’re really happy with the win but know we need to work on some areas of our game. The Russians will be tough but we are looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Follow the boys results on live score here;