Anna Hursey

Anna Hursey is off to the Olympic Games. Pic: ETTU

Anna Hursey Makes History As First Welsh Player To Win European Singles Medal For 25 Years

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By Paul Jones

Anna Hursey has spoken of her pride after returning from Poland with a bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in Poland.

The 17-year-old Wales Commonwealth Games star became the first Welsh player to win a singles medal at the championships for 25 years, since Adam Robertson in 1998.

Charlotte Carey – Hursey’s doubles partner when they won Commonwealth Games bronze in Birmingham last year – was a double winner at the tournament in 2013.

Hursey battled through to the semi-finals and looked destined to fight for silver and gold, before a comeback from Romanian Ioana Singeorzan denied her.

Cardiff-raised Hursey led 3-1 at one stage but eventually went down 4-3 and had to settle for bronze.

“I’m extremely proud to win a medal for Wales in this Europeans championships,” said Hursey.

“I am a little bit disappointed to lose out on two medals in doubles but glad to have bounced back and won a medal in singles. I want to say thank you so much to everyone who supported me.”

Wales national coach Stephen Jenkins said: “This achievement is very special and I am so proud of Anna for her fight and determination throughout the competition.

“She is the first Welsh female to win a singles medal at these championships and that shows just how hard this competition is.

“I know this is only the beginning and a stepping stone in her career.”

After coming from behind to overcome Hursey in one of the best matches of the tournament, Singeorzan said: “After being down 0-2, I told myself I had to keep calm and maintain my composure.

“When I was losing, I thought to myself that she is not the first player who left me in reverse. It happened many times, and still, I was able to win. It also made me very angry but in a good way. It motivated me to play even stronger.”

The medal is Hursey’s first major achievement in singles tournaments after she won a bronze at the Birmingham Games in the women’s doubles, alongside Carey.

Hursey also won a bronze in the U15 girls doubles at the World Youth Championships in Portugal in 2021.

Singeorzan was beaten in the final by fellow Romanian Elena Zaharia, 4-2.

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