Tom Jarvis and Luke Savill in action in the earlier doubles competition

England trio earn bronze medals at Croatia Open

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England’s line-up of Helshan Weerasinghe, Tom Jarvis and Luke Savill reached the semi-finals of the team event at the Croatia Youth Open, where they were beaten by eventual champions Romania A.

Having qualified for the knockout stage in Varazdin, England beat Romania C in the last 16, with Weerasinghe beating Bogdan Singeorzan 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-1), Jarvis seeing off Florin Spelbus in three close sets (13-11, 13-11, 14-12) and Savill defeating Paul Mladin 3-1 (11-7, 11-13, 11-2, 11-9).

In the quarter-finals, it was again a 3-0 scoreline against Austria. Jarvis started proceedings by shading it 3-2 against Andreas Levenko (11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6) and Weerasinghe then beat Thomas Grininger 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-5). Savill finished things off with a 3-0 victory over Christian Friedrich (11-8, 15-13, 11-9).

But Romania A, featuring three of the top eight singles seeds, were too strong. Jarvis took a set off top seed Cristian Pletea, going down 7-11, 14-12, 7-11, 6-11, Weerasinghe was beaten 5, 6, 7 by Rares Sipos and Savill lost 6, 7, 9 to Alexandru Manole.

The England squad of Tom Jarvis, Luke Savill and Helshan Weerasinghe on the podium

The England squad of Tom Jarvis, Luke Savill and Helshan Weerasinghe on the podium

Earlier, the England line-up won their group, beating Croatia B 3-0 and Slovakia 3-1.

Against Croatia, Weerasinghe saw off Luka Martinek 3-0 (11-6, 13-11, 11-2), Jarvis beat Martin Petrovic 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-4) and Savill defeated Mario Banek 3-1 (11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8).

In the Slovakia clash, Jarvis beat Adam Brat 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6) and Weerasinghe made it 2-0 against Tibor Spanik (13-11, 11-4, 11-5). Savill lost 3-2 to Stefan Peko (11-6, 14-16, 11-5, 11-13, 10-12) but Jarvis defeated Spanik 8, 7, 8 to seal victory.

Sam Mabey, playing alongside Theodore Tran of the USA and Canada’s Jeremy Hazin, qualified for the last 16, where they were eliminated by Slovakia A. Mabey was beaten 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-4) by Spanik.

In the groups, Mabey won his match against Austria, beating Christian Friedrich 3-1 (11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7), but the team lost 3-2 overall.

They then beat Romania B 3-0, Mabey sewing up the victory with a 3-1 defeat of Teodor Lipan (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9).

In the girls’ competition, Emily Bolton teamed up with Welsh duo Kate Roberts and Soffi Jenkins but the team were beaten 3-0 by Austria, Croatia A and Slovenia in the group stage.

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