Golden girls England win team event in Italy
England Junior Girls’ line-up of Tin-Tin Ho, Emily Bolton and Kate Cheer from Foresters TTC beat Japan 3-2 to take the team gold medal at the Italian Youth Open in Lignino today (12th March)
Having made it through the group with 3-1 victories over Portugal, Italy A and Croatia, England then sunk a combined Poland-Serbia, Slovenia team in the semi-finals, with Cheer coming from 2-1 down to win the decisive match 14-12 in the final game against Gaja Mavri.
It set up a final against Japan, who got off to a flying start when singles runner-up Miyuu Kihara comfortably beat Bolton. Ho levelled in five against Satsuki Odo, but Cheer’s defeat to Yukari Sugasawa left England 2-1 down.
Ho again brought England level, this time in four against Kihara, and it was left to Bolton to see off Odo in three straight to clinch the gold.