Matthew Daish in action in Croatia (ETTU picture)

Payet moves on in doubles after singles exit

Paul Stimpson

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Denise Payet is into the Women’s Doubles last 16 at the European Under-21 Championships, but there was no joy in the singles for Payet or Matthew Daish.

Payet and her partner Hana Arapovic of Croatia recovered a 2-1 deficit against Polish pair Julia Slazak & Julia Szymczak to win 13-11 in a deciding fifth set. They next face Ana Garcia of Spain & Raquel Martins of Portugal in the last 16 on Friday.

Payet picked up one win in the singles group stage, against Tatsiana Chakavaya of Belarus, but defeats in her other two matches meant she could not qualify for the next stage.

Matthew Daish is the other English player competing at the event in Varazdin, Croatia, and he was defeated in his Men’s Singles group matches, though he had a close battle with Serbia’s Dimitrije Levajac.

Levajac was also the nemesis in the Men’s Doubles, he and compatriot Aleksa Gacev defeating Daish & Adrian Wetzel of Norway in three straight. In the Mixed Doubles, Daish & Payet lost 3-1 (11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7) to Aleksa & Nikita Petrovova of the Czech Republic.


Men’s Singles
Group 6
Heorhi Kunats (BLR) bt Matthew Daish 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9)
Joan Masip (ESP) bt Daish 4-1 (11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4)
Dimitrije Levajac (SRB) bt Daish 4-1 (11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7)

Women’s Singles
Group 12
Ema Labosova (SVK) bt Denise Payet 4-1 (11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6)
Payet bt Tatsiana Chakavaya (BLR) 4-1 (18-16, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10)
Elena Zaharia (ROU) bt Payet 4-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6)

Men’s Doubles
Round of 32
Aleksa Gacev & Dimitrije Levajac (SRB) bt Matthew Daish (ENG) & Adrian Wetzel (NOR) 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-7)

Women’s Doubles
Round of 32
Denise Payet (ENG) & Hana Arapovic (CRO) bt Julia Slazak & Julia Szymczak (POL) 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11)

Mixed Doubles
Round of 64
Aleksa Gacev (SRB) & Nikita Petrovova (CZE) bt Mathew Daish & Denise Payet 3-1 (11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7)

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