Thomas and Turner tops in Portugal
Sarah Thomas and Carissa Turner justified their top seeding in Portugal by convincingly winning the doubles title. The girls had a comfortable first round but then faced a severe challenge in playing Vicky Williams and Jenny Moore of England. However the Welsh girls won the match in two games before similarly beating number two seeds Pringle and Findlay in the final again in two straight games.
Eddie O Neill commented
“I am delighted for the girls, winning their second title in only a few months, what was really pleasing about this one was the confident way in which they won their matches, carrying on from the good performances they showed in the European Ladies team event recently.”
Not such a good event for Joe Morgan and Nic Strange who, as second seeds, fell at the first hurdle against a Swiss pair, suffering from a slow start from which they never recovered. Oliver Gwilt and Dan Font also lost out to top seeds Campbell and McHugh whilst Font found second seed Fladberg of Denmark too strong in the singles. Aimee Moran continued her good form with a good first round win and a very good performance against eventual winner Sandra–Maria Jenson from Denmark.
A great weekend for Thomas and Turner though with an improvement in world rankings which will probably see them meet Commonwealth Games criteria.