Minster's Ross Wilson refused to offer any excuses after losing to Australia's Ma Lin in the men's 8-10 class para table tennis at the Commonwealth Games.
Wilson went into the clash after sitting out the opening action when Alabi Olabiyi Olufemi from Nigeria, the 49-year-old class 10 African champion and former Paralympic team gold medallist, failed to appear.
Wilson was awarded a walkover but faced a challenging first game against Lin, the 32-year-old Chinese-born former men’s class 9 World and Paralympic champion who won 3-0. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests, but Wilson didn't blame the lack of a previous match for his 11-7 13-11 13-11 defeat.
“I don’t think it affected me too much,” he said. “I made a lot of mistakes I wouldn’t normally make and maybe I forced it a bit too much under pressure but I should be ready for those matches whether I played earlier on or not.
"I only really have myself to blame for losing that match and I just wish I had taken a few more of my chances. If I’d have taken those chances at 9-6 in the second and 11-10 in the third I’m back in the game and the pressure is on him so it is frustrating but I’ll have to learn from it and move on.
"The competition is still on and this result doesn’t really have much effect on that but I think I could have done a bit better in that match. I’ll have to rewatch it and see what I can learn from it.”
Wilson plays his final match against Asad Hussain Syed from Canada.