GRIT AND POLISH! WILLIAMS WINS LATEST TITLE
Welsh wonder Lauren Williams underlined her star quality with victory at the Polish Open in Warsaw.
The 17-year-old European champion from Blackwood, Newport stunned Russian, Ekaterina Derbeneva 12-0 in the final of the -67kg weight division.
And there was a second medal for the five strong Manchester trained squad as fellow teenager, Max Cater, won bronze at -58kg.
But it was Williams who stole the show in her first competition after understudying world champion, Bianca Walkden, as Rio 2016 reserve.
Her hardest fight came in the opening bout as she was pushed to a 6-5 win over Derbeneva’s compatriot, Anastasiia Gurskaia.
After that, however, it was plain sailing as Williams brushed aside Finland’s Jenna Partanan 16-3 and Ashley Kraayeveld of Canada 24-3.
“I’m proud I managed to put together four strong performances,” said Williams. “Some of which were the best I’ve had for a long time. Lots learned from this competition, onwards and upwards.”
Cater, who celebrates his 19th birthday today (Sunday), reached the semi-finals with two wins to face Serbia’s Milos Gladovic. In a close contest it wax 2016 President’s Cup winner, Gladovic, who ran out a 4-3 winner.
Britain’s three other participants, Jade Slavin, Archie Waldock and Tony Stephenson suffered the disappointments of opening match exits.
Lauren Williams (-67kg):
Last 16: beat Anastasiia Gurskaia (RUS) 6-5
Quarter-Final: beat Jenna Partanan (FIN) 16-3
Semi-Final: beat Ashley Kraayeveld (CAN) 24-3
Final: beat Ekaterina Derbeneva (RUS) 12-0
Max Cater (-58kg):
Last 16: beat Jakub Posadzy (POL) 9-1
Quarter-Final: beat Omachario Patti (NLD) 12-11
Semi-Final: lost to Milos Gladovic (SRB) 3-4
Jade Slavin (+73kg):
Quarter-Final: lost to Melani Adamic Golic (CRO) 3-4
Tony Stephenson (-68kg):
Last 32: walkover Maurycy Miszczak (POL)
Last 16: lost to Luka Horvat (HRV) 3-21
Archie Waldock (-68kg):
Last 32: lost to Bernard Lorde (CAN) 4-16