Welsh Ladies through to the semi – finals Day 2
Despite a confirmed place in the semi final the ladies came out this morning with a desire to take the top spot in the group. Our opponents, Canada, 4th seeds in the ladies team event, it was a big ask but our Welsh stars were determined and showed fighting spirit from the off.
Anna and Chloe put us in front with a fantastic 3-0 victory over Fu and Gauthier. Next up was Charlotte who faced world number 52 Mo Zhang in her opening match and despite a good performance Zhang levelled the match 1-1. Anna stepped into the arena and convincingly secured a 3-0 victory over Fu who had no answers to the phenomenal display produced by Anna.
With Wales leading 2-1 Chloe took to the table against Zhang but despite a strong performance from Chloe Zhang equalised the match 2-2. The deciding match was between Charlotte and Gauthier. Charlotte dominated the game and gave Gauthier no opportunities to find her stride. A 3- 0 victory for Charlotte and a 3-2 win for the team over Canada. What a start to the day!
The quarter final saw Wales drawn against England. The match was delayed for nearly an hour as Malaysia and India battled it out but the team remained focussed and from the outset displayed a united and professional performance. Anna and Chloe once again took to the table to open the match and the first set saw Wales win 11-3.
The English pairing of Bardsley and Tsaptisinos took the second set but from here on in the welsh pairing dominated the game and were victorious 3-1. Charlotte took on Ho in the second game. Ho took the lead in the first set but Charlotte fought hard and came back to secure a 14-12 win. Ho dug deep but her best efforts were not going to stop Charlotte striding to a 3-1 victory.
With Wales up 2-0 Anna took on Tsaptsinos, the current English national champion . Anna dominated from the outset leaving Tsaptsinos unable to find any answers and Anna went on to secure a 3-0 win and a very comfortable 3-0 victory over England.
Day 2 ends on a high. Outstanding performances by all the team and victories against Canada and England mean Wales ladies enter day 3 playing for a place in the final. Wales will play Malaysia at 6.30 in the semi final.