SILVER FOR MATTHEWS AT CHAMPIONSHIPS
ABERDARE’S Tom Matthews was among the medal winners at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia.
He reached the final of the class one singles, losing at that stage to fellow Welshman and Paralympic champion, Rob Davies from Brecon.
Davies used all his experience to secure his third consecutive European title.
In the semi-finals, Matthews, 25, had beaten Italian Federico Falco, showing great character to come back from 2-1 down to take the final two sets 11-8.
He was not quite able to reproduce that form in the final, but having taken bronze two years ago was happy to take the silver this time.
“Rob is a true champion and a great guy,” said Matthews. “I’m happy for Rob, happy for myself and happy for the team.
“I’ve got to give Rob a bit more of a challenge next time. I didn’t play my best in the final, but he deserves it.”