Megan confident of bold showing in Slovenia Open

Megan Shackleton  has made a bright start to the season
Megan Shackleton has made a bright start to the season

Todmorden’s Megan Shackleton is part of a 14 strong GB Para squad at the Slovenia Open, which started yesterday.

The three-day event is the first of three factor 40 tournaments for the team in May.

With more than 400 competitors, including 10 current world champions, the Slovenia Open was expected to be one of the most competitive tournaments of the season.

It will not only provide a benchmark for the European Championships later in the year but also have a bearing on qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Megan, 16, started the season with two medals in Hungary, including gold in the women’s class 4-5 singles.

She also impressed with some good performances in the first factor 40 tournament of the year in Italy.

“I’ve had a really good start to the season,” said Shackleton. “I was feeling quite confident after last season and everything I’ve been working on in training has paid off.

“I had a few tough losses in Italy but they were really good matches.

“I lost 11-9 in the fifth to world number four Nada Matic from Serbia and that was a huge learning curve for me as I’ve never really taken a set off one of the top players in my class and to do that gave me confidence.

“So I feel I’ve learnt a lot and I’m hoping in Slovenia that I can use it to my advantage.”