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History Repeats Itself, Jane Campbell and Sara Head Back from the Precipice
At the quarter-final stage on the previous morning, they had recovered from a two matches to nil deficit to record a stunning victory.
It was a victory which resulted in the 5,000 strong crowd in the ExCeL North Arena One standing to a man, woman and child in exultation.
One day later they performed exactly the same “Great Escape” in the bronze medal contest and once again a full house stood in adulation.
Great Britain’s Jane Campbell and Sara Head secured a precious bronze medal in the Women’s Team Class 1-3 event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Friday 7th September to the delight of their adoring supporters. It was another remarkable recovery.
Italian Take Lead
In the opening match of the contest Jane Campbell was beaten by Michela Brunelli (12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3); immediately following Sara Head suffered defeat at hands of Pamela Pezzutto (11-7, 17-15, 9-11, 12-10).
Back into the arena came Sara Head and just as against Turkey, the revival started.
Sara Head overcame Michela Brunelli (14-16, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7) to give Great Britain hope; the hope increased when Jane Campbell accounted for Pamela Pezzutto (11-7, 11-8, 11-7).
A deciding doubles beckoned and it seemed that the bronze medal was destined for Italy.
Clara Podda entered the fray for Italy, she joined forces with Pamela Pezzutto; the British pair won the first game but the next two went the way of Italy.
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Vital Time Out
Jane Campbell and Sara Head won the fourth game to level matters but in the deciding fifth game it was the Italians who seized the advantage.
Clara Podda and Pamela Pezzutto clinched the first three points.
Gorazd Vecko, the Great Britain coach called “Time Out”; words of wisdom and they worked a treat.
Roof Blew Off Arena
The British duo won 11 of the next 12 points and the roof blew off the ExCeL North Arena One; incredible scenes yet again. “GB, GB, GB” rang loud and clear.
Quiet and Efficient
Meanwhile, at the same time as Great Britain was staring defeat in the face; quietly and efficiently China with Liu Jing and Li Qian on duty secured gold.
They beat Korea’s Jung Sang Sook and Choi Hyun Ja by three matches to nil.
Liu Jing beat Jung Sang Sook (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5) with Li Qian overcoming Choi Hyun Ja (11-4, 11-4, 11-9) and Jung Sang Sook (13-15, 11-4, 11-3, 13-11).
"It was a difficult match, I was a bit nervous and I played a bit fast at the beginning and my coach told me to slow down”, said Liu Jing. “I want to say thank you to my coach and my team, they helped me a lot."
Certainly it was a fine performance by Liu Jing but the match winner was Li Qian with her two wins.
"I was quite calm during the match and I played well when I served the ball and attacked immediately”, she said. “"I was eliminated in the preliminary stage of the Women's Singles and I have not played for several days; that's why I was quite nervous."
Nerves but they were not apparent; Li Qian guided China safely home, safely to gold.
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