Wales looking for a win at EU17C

Posted by Carissa Turner at 09:03 on 22 March 2016

The first day of the European U17 Championships saw no wins for Wales, but all three players took to court with a great attitude and weren't overwhelmed by the circumstances of playing in such a big event. For all three this is the highest level tournament they have played at Junior level and it is also the biggest stadium in which they have played.

It was a big ask of Joe Cottrill and Gean Sou Mo to take out the top seeds in their debut match together, but both players fought hard. Andrew Oates also dug deep during his singles but a few mistakes cost him the match overall.  It was great to see such fight from the Welsh Juniors and none of them came away from the courts disheartened. 

Today Gean Sou Mo is up first against the 9/16 seed from Turkey, Busra Unlu, Unlu lost against England's Abigail Holden in the Team Event whom Gean has beaten in recent years. Gean will be playing on TV Court 2 and is the 3rd match scheduled after 12:20 local time. 

Gean is also scheduled for a Women's Doubles match at 17:00 with Ireland's Rebecca Woods. Gean has substituted Rebecca's twin sister who was injured in the Team Event. Although Rebecca is still U15 she is a good player and their match against the Spanish promises to be an exciting one.

Gean said "Even though we lost I enjoyed playing with Joe yesterday. I'm looking forward to now being in the Women's Doubles but I came here with Singles in mind and I'm hoping to do well, I know my game plan and will give it my all."

Joe Cottrill and Andrew Oates will take back to the courts this evening when they face a Ukrainian pair in the Men's Doubles. Both boys are feeling more confident now that they have had a match in the stadium and believe in their ability to win. They will also play on TV Court 2 and are the 2nd match scheduled after 17:20 local time.

The link to watch the matches on the TV Courts is; 

All matches from the European U17 Championships can be found here;

Don't forget to tag @BADMlNTONWales and hashtag #EU17C

Thanks to Stephen Temple who is at the event umpiring for taking action shots of the players