Matthew Syed England's best hope in Euro Champs Singles
Following probable relegation to Category 2 of both the England men's and women's teams, Commonwealth champion Matthew Syed (Surrey) is England's best hope of success in the singles, commencing tomorrow, of the European Championships being played in Bremen, Germany. After a slow start in the team event, Syed, 29, England's No.1, found his best form in winning both of his singles against Belgium and Holland, though it was not enough to give his side victory. In his men's singles first round match on Friday, Syed is due to play the Swiss champion Thierry Miller, the winner probably to meet the on form Pole Marcin Kusinski. If he gets through, the defensive Syed should then meet in the third round the flamboyant Frenchman, Damien Eloi, who he has beaten before although Eloi, a former England Open champion and world team finalist, is capable of defeating the world's best. It is not anticipated that other England players will get far, although good individual results are possible. Syed apart, it will be 3 or 4 years before England can hope to be among the elite at this level. For further information contact Ken Muhr, ETTA Information Officer, Tel. 01424 722525 Fax. 01424 422103.