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Facey Thompson shines for Great Britain in Slovenia

PUBLISHED: 14:09 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:09 07 May 2015

Stratford's Ashley Facey Thompson in action

Stratford's Ashley Facey Thompson in action

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20-year-old going for glory later this afternoon

Stratford’s Ashley Facey Thompson has enjoyed success this week for Great Britain at the Slovenia Open by qualifying for the knock-out stages of the competition.

He was included in GB’s Para Table Tennis team last month, alongside Newham’s Jane Campbell, and the Londoner has been pleased with his form.

Facey Thompson will compete in the quarter-finals of the competition at some point today after winning his group.

He began with a 3-0 win over the German Yannick Schneider and then fought back from losing the first set against Esa Miettinen of Finland to beat the world number 12 and top seed in the group 3-1.

That was an impressive scalp for the Stratford competitor and he completed his group matches with a 3-0 win against Nurzhan Korpetayev from Kazakhstan.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played,” said 20-year-old Facey Campbell.

“In the second game I nearly let myself beat myself by letting my head dip a bit with frustration and anger but I kept it together.

“I feel like I’m always in the matches now - every match I play I’ve always got a chance even if I’m not playing 100 per cent.”

Newham’s Campbell, meanwhile, picked up a bronze medal earlier today after losing a close semi-final clash with world number four Croatian Andela Muzinic.

She saved four match points in the quarter-final to reach the last four, but suffered defeat against her Croatian rival. Campbell could be pleased with her showing, though, and Facey Thompson will hope to also impress later today.


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