STAMFORD’S Tania Bailey was forced to retire at 2-2 in the final of the Manor Open at Ilkeston last weekend after sustaining a knee injury in a collison with her opponent Sarah Jane Perry.
Tania sustained the injury at 8-8 in the fourth game when she was 2-1 up.
She managed to continue in that game and got to 10-9 match ball but was unsettled by a controversial decision to give her opponent a let when it looked as if she had won the match.
Sarah Jane went on to win that game and Tania’s knee injury stiffened up so that her movement was severely hampered in the fifth game. She decided to retire rather than risk further injury to the knee which she had an operation on in March this year.
Her knee has since swollen up but she is hoping that it will recover and no significant damage has been done.
It was a disappointing end to the match which had already lasted 75 minutes and ended to a tough year for Tania after a sinus infection ended her hopes at Boston a week earlier.