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Bronze Medal for Denise at
2017 ITTF World Tour
Slovenian Junior/Cadet Opem

20 -24 September, Otocec, Slovenia

Singles

Denise was in group 9 of the singles and was grouped with Ka Yee LEE, HKG, Yukari SUGASAWA , JPN, & Ana MURAT, CRO.

She lost to both Lee & Sugasawa 1 - 3, but beat Murat 3 -1, finishing 3rd in the group, which put her into the consolation competition.

In the last 32 she played Hungary's Veronika MENKO losing a very close battle 12 - 14 in the fifth.

Doubles

Partnered by Belgian Natacha KOSZULAP, there were no group matches, so straight into the main draw playing against Daria AZARENKOVA of Russia & Luiza POPESCU of Rumania in the round of 64. A close match, but Denise and her partmer won 3 - 1, (11-6,11-7,12-14,11-7).

Round of 32, a much tougher proposition against no. 2 seeds Pei-Ling SU & Yu-Chin TSAI of Chinese Taipei. Denise and Natacha lost 0 - 3, (9-11,6-11,11-13).

Team Event 

As Denise was the only English girl in the competition she played in a mixed nation team with Jinnipa SAWETTABUT of Thailand and Amy Wang of the USA.

In the group stages they won both their matches against India B (3 - 1) and Hungary (3 - 2) and topped the group, Denise picking up one good win and a loss.

The main draw, round of 8, against Croatia, another good win for Denise against Marta VUKELIC (3 - 2) coming back from being 2 - 1 down. The team winning 3 - 1.

Semi-Final against Hong Kong, unfortunately going down 1 - 3 with Denise losing to Wing Sze CHAU 3 - 2 after coming back from being 0 - 2 down (-5, -10, 8, 9, -5).

Three of the four matches went to five, however the mixed-national team had to settle for Bronze.

All in all great experience and a Bronze medal for Denise.

A big thankyou also goes out to Denise's coach Urfi who travelled with her to Slovenia and looked after her during the tournament.


L to R - ???, Jinnipa Sawettabut, Amy Wang, Denise and coach Urfi.

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