Ella Pashley led the way with three medals as English athletes got on to the podium 10 times at the Sweden Tour event in Helsingborg.
It was a busy three-day event with a large international contingent as well as players from the host nation. English players competed in almost 200 matches in several age groups.
The event began with the men’s and women’s singles and corresponding under-20 events on the first day.
Joseph Hunter won his group and two knockout ties as he reached the last 16 of the men’s. He beat the seeded Spanish player Carlos Franco 3-1 (13-11, 11-7, 1-11, 12-10) in the last 32 and was then defeated 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4) by Antoine Doyen of France in the last 16.
Ben Piggott and Larry Trumpauskas finished second in their groups to also reach the knockout stage, where they went out in the last 64. Toby Ellis, Isaac Kingham, Adam Dennison and Joseph Dennison went out in the group stage.
In the women’s singles, the five young English players – Megan Jones, Mabel Shute, Sienna Jetha, Maliha Baig and Ella Pashley – all went out in the groups.
Outside of the youth contingent, Tin-Tin Ho was also involved for England and she was defeated 3-2 (4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8) by Alma Roose in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s under-20s, Trumpauskas, Ellis, Kingham and the Dennison brothers all won their groups, while Piggott was seeded into the main draw.
It was Ellis who went the furthest, reaching the last 16 where he was beaten 3-0 (11-2, 14-12, 11-5) by second seed Charlie Widing from Sweden.
Piggott, Trumpauskas and both Dennisons reached the last 32 – Joseph beat Georgios Gerakios, who was representing his Swedish club, in five. Kingham went out in the round of 64 to a seeded player.
In the women’s under-20s, Jetha, Pashley, Shute and Baig reached the knockouts, while Jones went out in the groups.
All four English girls were drawn against the seeded players. Jetha went down 3-1 (11-2, 12-14, 11-4, 12-10) to No 1 seed Nomin Baasan, while Baig lost 3-1 (11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8) to No 2 seed Linnea Johansson.
Pashley lost 3-2 (11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5) to No 3 Linn Olsson and Shute went down 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-3) to No 4 Agnes Svensson.
The younger age group events played on the Saturday and Sunday presented a better chance of medals for the English athletes, and so it proved.
On day two, there were 63 wins out of 87 matches for England, and the highlight came in the under-14 girls’, where fourth seed Pashley and second seed Jetha battled their way to the final, Pashley winning it 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 15-13) to take the title.
Pashley earlier had a fine 3-2 (3-11, 11-9, 14-16, 11-7, 11-7) victory over top seed Siri Benjegard in the semi-finals.
In the boys’ event, Kingham won his group and then had a great run to the semi-finals, including a fine 3-2 (10-12, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6) win in the last 16 against Jonathan Blom. He was eventually beaten 3-0 (13-11, 11-6, 14-12) by fourth seed Adam Wallin Gravsio in the semi-finals, but can be pleased with his bronze medal.
In the knockout-only banded event (maximum 2500 ranking points), Trumpauskas made it all the way to the final, where he was defeated 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) by Sebastian Bergenblock.
Bergenblock had defeated Adam Dennison 9, 7, 7 in the semi-finals, meaning England picked up silver and bronze in that competition. Ellis and Joseph Dennison went out in the quarter-finals – Ellis also beaten by Bergenblock, in four.
Day three saw the second gold medal of the weekend as Piggott took the under-18 boys’ title. It was another all-English final as he defeated Hunter 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5).
Piggott earlier had to dig deep in the last 32, beating Lasse Fly Kristensen 3-2 (6-11, 14-12, 11-8, 12-14, 11-3). Hunter also won in five at the same stage, 3-2 (11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6) against Hugo Jobs.
Adam Dennison, Kingham, Trumpauskas and Ellis reached the last 32 and Joseph Dennison the round of 64.
Pashley added two further medals to her collection with bronzes in both the under-16s and under-18s. In the older age group, she was beaten 3-0 (6, 6, 7) in the semi-finals by eventual champion Siri Benjegard. Pashley won her last-16 clash against Maja Helene Hansen 3-2 (7-11, 16-14, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7).
Jones reached the quarter-finals of that age group, while Baig and Jetha went out in the last 32 and Shute in the groups.
In the under-16s, Benjegard was again the champion and again defeated Pashley in the semi-finals, this time in four games (-5, 4, 7, 9). Baig, Shute and Jetha all got to the last 16, Jetha losing in five.
Hunter won his second medal with a bronze in the under-16 boys’ category, losing 3-2 (11-8, 13-15, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5) to eventual champion Elias Sjogren.
Trumpauskas, Adam Dennison and Joseph Dennison all reached the last 16, the same stage at which Hunter defeated Gerakios. Kingham lost in five games in the last 32.
In total, England won two golds, three silvers and five bronzes, also taking the team title for the most achievements throughout the weekend.