Newham’s Facey Thompson shows fight
PUBLISHED: 08:15 02 October 2017
Newham’s Ashley Facey Thompson put up a fight against Paralympic champion and world number one Laurens Devos before bowing out of the European Para Table Tennis Championships.
The 22-year-old from Stratford was beaten by his 17-year-old Belgian rival in three close sets in their class nine singles quarter-final meeting in Slovenia.
But Facey Thompson took the positives from the loss, saying: “The set scores were really tight, I was believing in myself the whole way. It was 5-5 6-6 and I didn’t let it slip.
“I felt that I was competing with the best player in the world at the moment in my class and I did well to make him a bit nervous.
“I kept fighting but there were just a few points that let me down – the quality and the placement of the balls.”
Facey Thompson put his individual exit behind him to partner Kim Daybell into the last eight of the class 10 team event.
Daybell and Facey Thompson started their team event with a 2-0 win against Latvia, taking the doubles 3-0 before Daybell secured the tie with a 3-0 win against Aleksandrs Sinica.
In their second match against France, after dropping the first set they came back to win the doubles 3-1.
Daybell won the first set against world number four Mateo Boheas and then held his nerve to take a crucial second set 14-12 having led 10-5.
The 20-year-old Frenchman came back to win the third but Daybell is in great form at these championships and recovered from 4-0 down to win the fourth 11-7 and take the match 3-1.
The 2-0 win against France meant that Daybell and Facey Thompson go through to the quarter finals as group winners.
“In the first match we did a professional job,” said Facey Thompson. “The second match was harder and we started a bit slow but we got into the match and started doing the basic things right.
“We played really well and our level was a bit higher than the opposition’s. We haven’t played doubles together since Rio but with me training full time now it has given me a lot of confidence and I feel that I can be with Kim as a partner and not just as the second player.”
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