Facey Thompson and Campbell bow out in Germany
PUBLISHED: 09:12 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:36 28 May 2015
Newham natives exit in knockout rounds of Bayreuth Open
Newham local Ashley Facey Thompson was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Bayreuth Open in Germany.
Facey Thompson reached the knockout stages of the men’s class nine competition despite losing his opening group match against China’s World and Olympic champion Lin Ma 3-0.
But the 20-year-old bounced back in his next game to beat Mohamed Amine Kalem 3-1 and avenge his defeat to the Italian in Slovakia earlier this month.
That win was good enough to see Facey Thompson progress in the tournament and his reward was a match with Chinese world number eight Yi Qing Zhao, who took a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Londoner, however, came back into the match and drew level at 2-2 to force a decider which he lost 11-6 but the youngster says there is a lot he can take away from his time in Germany.
“I’ve learnt that is the next level I want to go to and that’s the level I need to get to to beat these players,” said Facey Thompson.
“I had chances to win that last match and hopefully next time I can make it.”
Fellow borough native Jane Campbell was also in action at the event and began with a 3-0 victory over Aletta Moll from South Africa.
The London 2012 medallist had to show great character in her next match as she battled back from 2-0 down against Turkey’s Nergiz Altintaz to win the decider 14-12.
Sonalben Manubhai Patel was Campbell’s third opponent in Germany and after a titanic battle it was the Indian who succeeded by triumphing 3-2 but the British star was still able to reach the knockout rounds.
In her last 16 match, Campbell faced Fanny Bertrand of France and again fought back from 2-0 down to force a decider which she won 11-6 to progress.
That set up a quarter final with Chinese world number three Juan Xue, which Campbell sadly lost 3-0 but the Brit was quick to praise her opponent.
““She’s a very good player to be fair. She is just a lot stronger and more positive in her game which is on another level for me to get to.”
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