Katy Parker, 15, wins day for England at European Champs
15 year old Katy Parker, from Preston, Lancashire, was the heroine of the moment when she won her two singles to help England women inflict a surprise 4-3 defeat on Holland at the European Championships, being played in Bremen, Germany. Katy, the daughter of 1976 European Champion Jill Hammersley Parker and Don Parker, the former England Manager, is the youngest woman ever to have represented England in the European Championships and could not have had a better debut. After beating Floor Tebbe 21-19, 21-18, she faced Alexandra Cano when the match score stood at 3-3. She lost the first game 16-21, but then mixing her play cleverly between defence and attack, she went on to win the next two games 21-17, 21-9, thus giving England victory after a mammoth 4hour match. Helen Lower (Staffs) and Linda Radford (Essex) had taken the other 2 sets. However, earlier England had gone down 4-2 to the Czech Republic, Helen Lower winning her two singles. England men lost 4-1 to Poland, though 21 year old Terry Young from Maidenhead, Berkshire had an excellent 18-21, 21-14, 21-11 success over world no.85 Tomas Krzeszewski. For further information, contact Ken Muhr, ETTA Information Officer on Tel. 01424 722525 Fax. 01424 422013.