SIL­VER FOR MATTHEWS AT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cynon Valley - - SPORT08 -

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.”

Tom Matthews

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