Paralympic champion Peter Palos suffered a shock quarter-final defeat at the hands of Frenchman Lucas Edouard Creange ©ITTF

Hungarian world number one and Paralympic champion Peter Polas suffered a shock exit at the quarter-final stage of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Para-Table Tennis European Championships after he was beaten in a five-game thriller by Frenchman Lucas Edouard Creange in Vejle, Denmark.

Creange, currently ranked number nine in the world in the class 11 category, produced a superb battling display which saw him emerge from a dramatic contest with a superb 5-11, 11-5, 13-11, 8-11, 11-6 victory against the 2011 champion.

Ukrainian Viktor Didukh won the battle of the top two seeds in the men’s class eight series as he claimed victory over Frenchman Thomas Bouvais.

Didukh was in dominant form on his way to claiming an 11-1, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8 victory to reach the semi-finals at the expense of Bouvais.

“This was the biggest and toughest match of maybe my life,” he said.

“In the last tournament, I lost to him.

“He knows how to play against me and played very well.

“He is number two in the world rankings and it will maybe be my toughest match in the tournament.”

Elsewhere in the category, Olympic bronze medallist Emil Andersson of Sweden swept aside London 2012 silver medallist Richard Csejtey of Slovakia in straight games to join Didukh in the last four.

Britain's Will Bayley avenged his London 2012 gold medal match defeat to Jochen Wollmert by beating the German in straight games
Britain's Will Bayley avenged his London 2012 gold medal match defeat to Jochen Wollmert by beating the German in straight games ©ITTF Para-Table Tennis/Facebook

In the men’s class seven, Britain’s Will Bayley avenged his defeat in the final of the Paralympic Games three years ago to Jochen Wollmert by securing a comfortable 3-0 win against the German, winner of five European Championships singles titles.

Bayley, who recently moved to the top of the world rankings, secured a trouble-free 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 success to book his place in the last four.

The men’s seeds enjoyed a fruitful day although Spain’s class six competitor Alvaro Valera needed all five games to edge through his match with Romania’s Bobi Simon, while Danish second seed and defending champion Peter Rosenmeier did not  disappoint in front of his home crowd as he beat Danny Bobrov of Israel 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 in the same category.

In the women’s draw, Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist sealed her class three semi-final berth thanks to recording three straight games victories in the group stage, while home favourite Sophie Wallow is through after she beat Romanian Ioana-Monica Tepelea 3-2 in their class 10 encounter.

Action at the 2015 Para-Table Tennis European Championships is due to continue tomorrow with the semi-finals and finals.