First on for the Irish on day two of the European Games was Chloe Magee in the women’s singles event. Chloe faced Kristine Sefere of Latvia. With only two players progressing from the group this was a must win game, Magee dealt with the pressure well taking the match in straight games. This will set up an important play off between Magee and Lianne Tan of Belgium tomorrow.
With the singles over for the day Chloe then had to switch her focus to mixed doubles. The Irish number one pairing faced Povilas Bartusis and Vytaute fomkinaite of Lithuania. The Irish dominated this match winning in two games. With two pairs progressing from the group this win has secured the pair a quarter-final, where the winner will be guaranteed a medal. The Irish still have one more match on Thursday and if they win this they will top the group, after this match the draw will be done for the quarterfinals.
Sam was then back in action with his brother Joshua when they took on another brother duo in Angelo and Ricardo Silva. The Irish pairing proved to be too strong for the young Portuguese pair as they took a comfortable 2-0 victory. This will set up a playoff with the Czech Republic pairing of Florian and Kopriva.
Scott Evans was next on court for the Irish. Evans who was the number one seed came through a tough encounter against Yuhan Tan of Belgium. Evans lost the opening game but took control of the match as he took the final two games. This places Scott at the top of his group and guarantees him a last 16 match. Evans will play one more game tomorrow, the draw for the last 16 will be done at the end of play.
Last up for the Irish was the young pairing of Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle against Fontaine and Baumann of France. The Irish pair played with great intensity against there more experienced opposition. Unfortunately the girls lost out in two very close games, but the experience should give the girls good confidence in their ability to compete at senior level.
Later today Ireland will be back in action in the Men’s Singles, Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles. Results will be updated on this page after the matches. You can also see all the live updates by clicking here.
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Women’s Singles Group stage
Chloe Magee (IRE) (6) bt Kristine Sefere (LAT) 21-9 21-7
Mixed Doubles Group stage
Sam Magee/Chloe Magee (IRE) (1) bt Povilas Bartusis/Vytaute fomkinaite (LTU) 21-8 21-10
Men's Doubles Group stage
Sam Magee/Joshua Magee (IRE) v Angelo Silva/Ricardo Silva (POR)
Men’s Singles Group stage
Scott Evans (IRE) Bt Yuhan Tan (BEL) 14-21 21-14 21-12
Women’s Doubles Group stage
Rachael Darragh/Sara Boyle (IRE) lost Lorraine Baumann/Audrey Fontaine (FRA) 21-19 21-18