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The ITTF Swedish Open started today in Stockholm and Charlotte Carey, the Welsh number 1 and world number 137, was in singles and doubles action.

In the first match of the day Charlotte was up against Italian Giorgia Piccolin (WR 103). Winning the first 11/2 it looked very good, but losing by 2 points in 3 of the next 4 sets meant the tie swung towards the Italian. Charlotte hit back with a 11/9 set but the 7th and deciding set headed in Piccolin’s favour 11/6.

Score – 11/2 10/12 9/11 11/8 19/21, 11/9, 6/11

In the women’s doubles there was a change in fortune as Charlotte teamed up with Bulgarian Maria Yovkova to beat Trigolos & Bogdanova of Belarus 3/1. Tomorrow there will be a tough tie against Korean’s Lee & Choi to get into the main draw.

Score – 12/10 11/8 8/11 12/10

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