Posted by Laura Cairns at 02:07 on 25 July 2014
It’s been a very demanding 20 hours for the Wales team with two very tough matches back to back against firstly Australia finishing at nearly 6pm last night followed by an early morning tussle with Canada. The team battled hard against the Aussies and at one game all were hoping to take the ladies singles to give a psychological advantage. A bad line call at game point cost Carissa Turner the first game against a very fit young Aussie player Kessler and allowed the younger player to relax and take the match. Joe Morgan and Nic Strange could make no impact on Smith and Middleton but Turner and Thomas really got stuck into the Aussie ladies doubles pairing ( a Chinese ex Olympic player and a Malaysian) The match went to the Australian pair 2 -0 but they were made to battle very hard by the Welsh pair. The highlight of the match was the excellent singles win by Daniel Font against Tho , having won the first with some class play Font seemed to let a bad start get to him and gave away the second, however the young Flint player re grouped and raised his level again to take the win. A hard match against the group seeds, how well would Wales respond to an early start the next day?
If anything the Canada team looked stronger than the seeded team, and indeed Daniel Font struggled to cope with the smooth play of De Sousa losing in straight games. Carissa Turner had a good start in both sets but fell away after the breaks in each of them again to lose in two games to Li. Morgan and Strange however raised their level and will be miffed at losing the opportunity to take the first game in their doubles match losing out at 26-24. The Welsh pair were always chasing the second game and went down in two.
This left the ladies doubles.
Could Turner and Thomas step up again to record a win for their team?
The answer was an emphatic yes!
Game one was won fairly comfortably but the Aussies came back with a game 2 win and looked favourites. The Welsh girls were not to be denied though and raised their game and their pace at exactly the right time to take a great victory.
So, two 4-1 defeats for the Welsh team but plenty of quality and effort which drew admiration from Morton Frost who was commentating, importantly both the of the girls have come through unscathed and look to be fit and well for the individual events coming next week. Before that of course they have a match against the Falkland Island team tonight and they will need to refocus to ensure a win to end off the team tournament.