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Denise at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Denise Payet

16 years old


Women’s Team bronze medal; Mixed Doubles quarter-finals; Women’s Singles last 16, Womens Doubles last 16

Before the Games - Debut Maker Relishes Games Test

Payet is one of the youngest members of Team England and the 16-year-old described her selection as “mind-blowing”.

“It’s amazing, I’m really excited for the experience and really happy that I get to be in the team and hopefully learn a lot from the experience,” said the Enfield player.

“It’s a huge event and will be something totally new which I’m looking forward to. I’ve seen it on TV before but to actually be there is mind-blowing.

“I’m really excited that it’s outside Europe and also that the training camp is in Japan. I’m over the moon that it’s there because I’ve always wanted to go to Japan to practise and I idolise their players.”

Payet believes England will have a chance of a medal in the team competition.
She said: “Hopefully we can get a medal and I can be part of that. I think we’ve got a chance as a team, all the girls work hard and I’m really happy I can be with them – I idolised them when I was younger.

They all look after me and make me welcome like a family, I don’t feel left out at all. Having them be so welcoming is great, and comforting.

England Take Bronze in Aussie Thriller!

England have their first medal of the Commonwealth Games after sinking hosts Australia 3-1 in a brilliant, mesmerising clash to take bronze in the Women’s Team event.

Tin-Tin Ho won two five-setters and Kelly Sibley & Maria Tsaptsinos the doubles as England made up for the disappointments of previous games to get on the podium – and let’s not forget the vital supporting role played by the fourth squad member, 16-year-old Denise Payet.

It was an emotional rollercoaster for team and spectators in a match that lasted more than three hours and even delayed the gold medal tie.

Payet Set for Games Action.

After the drama of the Commonwealth Games team events, attention turns to the individual competitions on Tuesday.

The men’s and women’s singles group stages get under way from 12.30am UK time. The first English athlete in action will be Denise Payet, who takes on Ruqayyah Kinoo of Mauritius on 3.50am.

Payet’s second group match is against Ishara Madurangi of Sri Lanka at 10.10am and there are a number of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish athletes in action on a busy day, with the final matches due at 11.30am UK time.

Singles - Payet Starts with Two Wins

Denise Payet picked up two wins as she made her Commonwealth Games debut in Australia today.

Payet, who was part of the England team which won bronze but did not feature in any of the matches, made a confident start in the group stage of the Women’s Singles, beating Ruqayyah Kinoo of Mauritius 4-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-7, 11-2).

Her second game was closer but she overcame Ishara Madurangi of Sri Lanka 4-1 (11-6, 14-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Into the Main Draw

Round of 32 - A 4 - 0 win over Grace Yee of Fiji and into the Round of 16. Denise was now up against a strong Canadian, Mo Zhang and went down 0 - 4.

Doubles - Partnering Kelly Sibley

Straight into the main draw and a bye in the round of 32, then in the round of 16 up against Alicia Cote and Mo Zhang of Canada. This was always going to be a tough ask to win this match and so it proved losing 1 - 3.

Mixed Doubles - Partnering Sam Walker

Round of 64 starting off with a good 3 - 0 win against Gary Nuopula & Lalmah Sifi of the Soloman Islands.

Round of 32 now against Godfry Sultan and Christy Bristol of the Seychelles, another 3 - 0 win.

Round of 16 beating Javen Choong and Karen Lyne of Malaysia 3 - 1.

Round of 8 now opposite Ning Gao and Mengyu Yu of Singapore, unfortunately this was a match too far and Denise and Sam were beaten 0 - 3.

Denise's Reaction

It was my first big games and it’s been great. Coming third in the team – I’m speechless being part of that.

I’m so happy for the girls. They definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t describe how happy I am to be in the team and I thank them for welcoming me and making me feel part of the team.

Our bench spirit was unbelievable and I tried to give them everything I could from the bench to lift them.

In the singles, I’m happy with the last 16. I beat two ranked much higher than me, so I’m quite happy with that.

Womens Squad - Denise Payet, Kelly Sibley, Maria Tsaptsinos and Tin Tin HO
with their Coach

The Squad on the Beach with their Bronze Medals - It's tough being an International TT Player

Author: Paul Stimpson
Edited by Bernie Kelly

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