Stella Grant out of commonwealth games
Sierra Leone Table Tennis female player Stella Grant (in photo) is out of the Commonwealth Games after losing both matches in the group stage. Stella lost her first match to 17 year-old Emma Ludlow of Northern Ireland and later lost to Annie Yang of New Zealand.
The defeat and crashing out of the competition brings Sierra Leone to a total of five disciplines now out of the games and out of the medal reach for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Stella Grant is the latest competitor to crash out of the games losing two games in a row. For Grant the Commonwealth Games are over but she still has national assignments back home.
“This was a difficult match for me; I played against professional players who had all the facilities to train and prepared their athletes for international competitions. This is my very first outing to international competition,” Stella said.
She will now join forces with the other losing competitors, relegated to a mare spectator as the games progress. Stella began playing table tennis in 2011 and became prominent in 2013. Her aim of becoming national champion is yet to be realized but she was able to make it to the 2014 games in Glasgow.
Sierra Leone delegation to the games is yet to cinch a medal with almost all the competitors crashing out of the competition. The competitors continue to crash out of the games with very poor performance dropping out of each contest.
Grant lost game one 11-9, 11, 11-2, 11-7 and 11-5. Grant earlier lost to New Zealand, Annie Yang 4-0 after she suffered 11-1, 11-4 and 11-2.
By Mohamed Konneh
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