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ETC Open 1st Round Preview (Prepared by Peter Drake)

Updated: Sep 23, 2018

2 matches have already been played:

Slaw (5) 4:6 3:6 Pete (8)

H2H 0-0

Pete turned the rankings upside down to gain a well merited win over Slaw in a hard fought straight-set win. Still a long way to go yet in the competition for both players.

Nigel (6) 0:6 3:6 Darren (7)

H2H 0-0

Darren was ruthless in his two set victory over ETC founder and legend and coach Nigel. However the result was closer than the scoreline suggests and both players possess the talent to be major players in this year’s tournament.

Remaining 4 matches preview:

Danny (1) - Damian

H2H 0-0

Top seed and multi times winner Lithuanian Danny is a clear favourite but could Damian spring a surprise? Damian has the talent but will Danny’s mental toughness be the decisive factor? After all why organise the competition if you have doubts about winning it.

Ahmad (2) - Tomasz

H2H 0-0

Number 2 ranked ETC player Ahmad needs to show his class to beat off the challenge from Tomasz fresh from his impeccable win over Shaun S.

Jiri (3) - Angela (10)

H2H 2-0

2015) Jiri - Angela 6:1 6:2

2016) Jiri - Angela 6:1 6:1

Congratulations to Angela in reaching group A but she has a hard task going head to head with third ranked Jiri.

Last year’s runner up Jiri is a strong favourite against Nigel’s favourite doubles partner.

Adrian (4) - Roy (9)

H2H 0-0

A potentially awesome match with both players fancying their chances. Leftie Adrian has the silky shot making skills of left handers especially on the single handed backhand, think the Canadian Denis Shapovalov or in an earlier generation a young Guy Forget, why in all sports, think left handed batters at cricket or indeed Lionel Messi do they seem to be more graceful shotmakers than their right handed teammates. Ranked four against former ETC runner up Roy’s nine this is an intriguing match up. Never rule Roy out though, he will battle all the way.

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