Adam Robertson from Wrexham can hold his head high after an epic bronze medal play-off ended in a 3-4 defeat by Segun Toriola from Nigeria who is ranked around 100 places higher than Adam in the world.
Adam started slowly - losing the 1st 3-11. He came back to take the second 11-9. He lost the 3rd 8-11 but again showed immense character to level it at 2-2 by taking the 4th 11-8. Showing great form he dominated the 5th to win 11-4.
Adam continued to flow - leading 4-2 in the 6th - when Toriola accidentally damaged his bat. There was a long delay whilst a replacement bat was obtained since astonishingly Toriola did not have a spare bat with him. This unsettled Adam who lost 9-11 & went down in the 7th 5-11
Adam Robertson went out at the semi-final stage in the Games today losing 4-0 to William Henzell the Australian number one.
Henzell had already seen off number one seed Yang from Singapore and it was a tough ask for young Adam. He lost the 1st game 11-5 but had chances in the second and third - only losing those sets 11-9 & 13-11 respectively before Henzell finished the match off in the 4th.
The Games are not yet over for Adam who will now focus on an equally tough match tomorrow against Toriola the Nigerian for the bronze medal. Toriola who earlier in the competition beat Ryan Jenkins in a fantastic 7 game thriller himself lost to Achanta - the top Indian player - in his semi.
Adam Robertson saw Wales through to another historic first by making the singles semi final in the Commonwealth Games.
He faced Alan Cooke the England number one in an afternoon duel in a hot and noisy Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre today.
He went 5-1 up in the first only to lose 11-13. He came back in an edgy second to level 12-10. He then played superb attacking table tennis to clean out the third 11-4. He lost the next two sets 7-11 & 13-15. Trailing 2-3 in this best of seven encounter he faced going out. However he showed character beyond his years in taking the next two sets 11-9 & 11-7 to put out the England star.
Adam Robertson is through to quarters with unbelievable table tennis. Ryan Jenkins plays just as well but is unlucky to miss out.
Stephen Jenkins narrowly missed a place in the last 32 by losing to Linse of Canada 2-4
11-4 7-11 5-11 11-9 11-13 9-11
Ryan Jenkins dismissed Hubbard of New Zealand to move into the last 16. Score 4-0
11-2 13-11 11-6 11-4
Adam Robertson beat Trevor Brown of Australia 4-1
9-11 11-2 11-8 15-13 11-5
Adam then played Ho of Singapore for a place in the quarters against Alan Cooke of England. Adam was yet again in magnificent form and produced a breathtaking display against the Singapore defender beating him 4-0
Siwan Davies v May Cho Australia Lost 1-4
8-11 3-11 5-11 11-6 2-11
Bethan Daunton lost to Chiu Soo Jiin (Malaysia) 0-4
5-11 7-11 3-11 12-14
Naomi Owen lost to Perri Campbell Innes (Australia) 3-4
5-11 9-11 11-9 13-11 14-12 8-11 4-11
All our ladies are now sadly out of the singles
Stephen Jenkins beat Eric Amoah (Ghana) 4-2
12-10 12-14 9-11 11-8 11-7 11-5
Stephen as group winner goes through to KO stage
Ryan Jenkins beat A Edwards (Trinidad & Tobago) 4-0
The singles competition matches are best of 7 sets for both men and ladies - unlike the team matches which were best of 5. Groups are mainly groups of 3. Only one player goes through so qualification is very tough. All our players save Naomi Owen had one match only today.
Adam Robertson has been seeded 6th for the competition and is not required to play in the group stages.
Aaron Edwards (Trinidad & Tobago)
Kevin Mafabi Evans (Uganda)
In the bronze medal play off match Wales went down 0-3 to Nigeria.
Adam Robertson started against Nosiru and won the first 11-9 but eventually lost 1-3.
Ryan Jenkins took on Segun Toriola who is ranked over 100 places above him in the world and who was the gold medalist in the singles in the Games at Manchester 4 years ago.
Ryan displayed his best form of the competition in a cracking match .He made Toriola produce his very best form to beat Ryan 3-0 with each of the 3 games being close.
Brother Stephen was desperately unlucky to lose against Merotohun after having chances to win both the first 2 sets.
The Welsh Men`s team lost in the semi final today against a world class Singapore team.
Adam Robertson started for Wales and played unbelievable table tennis for two sets going 2-0 up against Cai Xiao the Singapore 2 who is ranked way above Adam in the world. These two sets were in the eyes of many the best Welsh mens individual performance ever seen. Cai dug deep and had to use all his experience to overcome Adam in 5.
Ryan then played the Singapore number one Yang Zi (who is top seed for the singles) and fought bravely but to no avail against the immensely strong Yang.
Stephen Jenkins gave it all for the cause and was fiercely competitive against Ho, the Singapore defender, but lost 0-3.
The whole competition was still buzzing today at the Welsh win over the Manchester team gold medalists England and the match is regarded by all as the best yet seen in the Games.
The men duly sealed their quarter-final berth as pool C winners with a solid 3-1 win over Pakistan in their final group match.
The Pakistan team proved tricky opponents but two wins from Ryan Jenkins and one from Adam Robertson saw Wales safely through.
As pool winners Wales were seeded in the quarter final draw and pulled Malaysia out of the hat as their quarter-final opponents.
Ryan Jenkins went 0-2 down against Chan but showed immense character by coming back to win 3-2 to give Wales a great start. Adam Robertson then beat Shakarin 3-1. Stephen lost 0-3 to Kho but Adam came back to the table to destroy Chan 11-4 11-3 11-4 & send Wales through to a meeting with favourites Singapore tomorrow. The match should be commencing around 7.30 am Sunday morning UK time & hopefully may be on the box!
Wales men's team had a brilliant day at the games today.
They beat Tuvalu 3-0 and Sri Lanka 3-0 to set up a showdown with England who were also undefeated in pool C of the Team Event.
Ryan Jenkins led us off against English number 1 Alan Cooke. In a terrific contest Ryan went down narrowly 7-11 in the 5th to give England a 1-0 lead.
Adam Robertson then faced England number 2 Paul Drinkall. Robertson was also in magnificent form and saw off Drinkall 3-0 in a match in which he was always in charge and overpowered the Englishman with powerful topspin attack on both wings.
Stephen Jenkins faced Andrew Baggaly and lost 3-0 but the match was very close and Stephen could well have won the first 2 sets.