Burnley teen Felicity impresses against elite opposition in Italy

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Burnley teenager Felicity Pickard acquitted herself well as part of the Great Britain team at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Italy.

The 19-year-old development squad player lost both her games against much more experienced opposition.but competed well and will only benefit from the experience.

Pickard won the first game against the world number four Yuliya Klimenko of the Ukraine before losing the match 3-1.

She then took on former European bronze medalist from Germany, Stephanie Grebe, in her final group match, fighting hard in a 3-2 loss.

The youngster, competing in her first major championship, is a great prospect for the future and is showing that she can compete with the best in her class.

Pickard said: “I’m very pleased with my performance - Yuliya is a very experienced girl and she’s one of the top players in the world and came fourth in London, so it is just an honour to be able to compete with her.

“I’ve learnt an awful lot this week - I feel that my game has stepped up a level. It’s been brilliant having all the support of the GB squad, and the more I come away with them I feel more relaxed and part of the group so it has been great to support the team as well.”