Bronze medal for Bud­die Martin

Ta­ble tennis star dis­plays stun­ning form at Ger­man Open

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Pais­ley ta­ble tennis star Martin Perry is back among the medals fol­low­ing suc­cess at the Ger­man Open.

A bronze medal in the class six com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues Perry’s stun­ning form, fol­low­ing a medal-laden start to the sea­son.

And he in­sists that he is start­ing to feel good about his form, hav­ing se­cured the team medal along­side Great Britain team­mates, Paul Karabar­dak and David Wether­ill, with a solid ef­fort through­out the tour­na­ment.

Perry said: “I feel I’ve had a re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion.

“I had a great run get­ting to the semi-fi­nal in the sin­gles and los­ing so nar­rowly, 17-15, in the fifth.

“I feel that I’m play­ing some re­ally good ta­ble tennis, and it was great to get another team medal with Paul and Dave.

“We’re prov­ing that we are a re­ally strong team and can play in any or­der of the three of us.

“It’s a great team to be a part of;. Hav­ing such strength and depth gives us an edge and it’s a great team spirit amongst us.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the rest of the sea­son now.”

The Bri­tish Para Ta­ble Tennis Team fin­ished the Ger­man Open on a high with Rob Davies, Tom Matthews and Paul Davies beat­ing world cham­pi­ons Italy to win gold in the men’s class one team event.

Aaron McKib­bin and Ross Wil­son took sil­ver in men’s class 8 and 18-yearold Me­gan Shack­le­ton and her Rus­sian team part­ner Alek­san­dra Vasileva took sil­ver in women’s class 4-5. This was added to by the bronze medals for Karabar­dak, Perry and Wether­ill in men’s class six,

Will Bay­ley and Billy Shilton in men’s class eight, and Ashley Facey Thomp­son and his Ger­man part­ner Yan­nick Rud­den­klau in men’s class nine also bagged bronze medals for their ef­forts.

The Welsh trio of Davies, Davies and Matthews won their first three matches in the round-robin men’s class one event and their fi­nal match against Italy, who were also un­beaten, was to de­cide the gold.

Af­ter a marathon dou­bles that the Ital­ians even­tu­ally clinched 3-2, Matthews lev­elled the tie with a 3-1 win against Fed­erico Falco and Rob Davies se­cured the gold with 3-0 win against An­drea Bor­gato, who had beaten him in the fi­nal of the Slove­nia Open last month.

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