France and Turkey both made impressive starts to their campaigns in the Women’s Team Class 1-3 event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Wednesday 5th September.
Both recorded three-one victories with Fanny Bertrand and Nergiz Altgintas being the outstanding players.
Fanny Bertrand beat both Tara Proffit (11-1, 11-3, 11-3) and Pamela Fontaine (11-8, 11-7, 13-11) as France overcame the United States.
Meanwhile, Nergiz Altgintas accounted for Wachirapond Maenpuak (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) and Pattarvadee Wararitdamrongkul (8-11, 11-9. 10-12, 11-2, 11-7) in the contest that saw Turkey end the hopes of Thailand.
The one remaining win for France came from Marie-Christine Fillou against Tara Proffitt (11-5, 11-3, 11-5); whilst for Turkey, Hatice Duman defeated Wachirapond Maenpuak (10-12, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9).
For the United States the one success was recorded by Pamela Fontaine against Marie-Christine Fillou (11-7, 11-9, 11-8), with Pattarvadee Wararitdamrongkul posting the one win for Thailand. She beat Hattice Duman (11-7, 11-9, 11-6).
“We didn’t play well today but the important thing is that we won”, said the unbeaten Nergiz Altintas, the star of the show for Turkey against Thailand; a contest in which Turkey arguably started as the marginal favourites.
“We expected to win this match; we actually aim to return home with a medal!”, added Hatice Duman in a very emphatic manner.
A Challenge Ahead
“We fact Team GB tomorrow and we know that it’s going to be tough match”, she added, well aware that the chances are the arena will be filled with British fans going stark, staring bonkers. “We are aware that they have the advantage of playing at home but we have to forget about this fact and their “third” player in the field, the crowd.”
It will be a challenge against the host nation who was not required to play in the opening round; being the second seeds they received a bye.
A Question Mark
“Today, we didn’t really know what to expect from the Thai team”, said Ilhani Kilinckaya, the coach for the Turkish team. “They don’t attend many events so tactically they were a big question mark for us.”
They answered any questions posed but they did not receive full marks!
Need to Reach Higher Level
“Finally we made it, but I’m not satisfied with the performance of my girls today”, added a demanding coach. “If we really want to win a medal we will have to do much better than this tomorrow!”
An interesting contest awaits and so do 5,000 passionate Brits!
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