We took on Malaysia this evening for a place in the Women’s team final. What a nail biting match! From start to finish the team gave their all.
Chloe and Anna took to the table for the first game of the match. They faced Ho and Lynne, the bronze medallist winning pair from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in the opening match. From the outset the Malaysian pair dominated the game and they secured a 3-0 win, putting Malaysia 1-0 up.
Charlotte faced Chang in the first singles of the match. Chang took the first 11-7 but Charlotte turned the match around with a patient but powerful performance. Charlotte was 10-7 up in the 5th set when expedite was called by the umpire. Charlotte kept her composure and secured a 11-7 victory in the 5th and brought the match score to 1-1.
Anna took on Lynne in the third game. The young Welsh player went two nil up in sets but Lynne fought hard and took the third set 13-11. Anna re set and secured the game in the fourth set with an outstanding 11-9 win.
Chang returned to the table for the fourth match. This time it was the turn of Chloe to face the Malaysian defender. Chang took the first set 11-3 but Chloe came out and challenged every point in the second set and narrowly lost 13-11. Chang built on the momentum and equalled the match 2-2 with an 11-5 victory over Chloe in the third set.
Charlotte took to the table for the deciding match and faced Ho. With an 11-7 win in the first set for Charlotte Ho returned to the table demonstrating a desire to ensure a hard battle would be fought. Ho won the second set but the third set went to Charlotte 12-10. Both players produced an immense performance and the crowd played their part supporting both nations. The fourth set went to Ho 11-7 meaning a fifth and final set needed to be played. Both players produced phenomenal performances but unfortunately for Charlotte, Ho was victorious and sealed a 3-2 victory for Malaysia and a place in the final.
This morning at 9.30 am our Welsh ladies take on Australia in the bronze medal match.