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Fantastic first day for our Para-athletes in Tokyo sees Team GB not lose a single set

Great Britain's Para-Badminton athletes have been acclimatising well at the Hulic Daihatsu Japan Para-Badminton International 2019, where they will be hoping to be contending for medals at the Olympics next year.

Number one seed Jack Shephard beat Fabien Morat of France 21-9 21-6. He still has to play China's Lin Naili in S SH 6 Group A this week.

Krysten Coombs also did not let his opponent get to double figures in either set. Australian Luke Missen was comfortably defeated 21-8 21-7. Coombs also has one Chinese opponent left to play, in the form of Guangliang Luo.

Daniel Bethell was the only Brit to play twice on day one; Maman Nurjaman was defeated 21-13 21-6 before Xiaoyu Chen of China gave him a slightly tougher challenge to the tune of 21-6 21-17.

Wheelchair athlete Martin Rooke sealed the most emphatic win of the day. Australian Douglas Youlten suffering 21-3 21-0.

On the victory Rooke remarked:

“It was a positive first day.

"It was great to finally get out on court after a week of training in Tokyo.

"It was overall a very solid performance from Team GB.

"We are all looking forward to tomorrow.”

Rooke also has to play Atsuya Watanabe of Japan in his Group C on Thursday.