Rob Davies won both of his matches on the opening day of play today ©Getty Images

Great Britain's Rio 2016 Paralympic champion Rob Davies collected two wins from two matches on the opening day of play at the European Para-Table Tennis Championships.

The 33-year-old tops his group at the Sports hall Tri Lilije in Laško by winning both of his matches in the SM1 class.

He first beat Italy's Federico Falco 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 before doubling his tally with a more comfortable 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 win over Russia's Dmitry Lavrov. 

Another reigning Paralympic champion, Frenchman Fabien Lamirault, also enjoyed a successful day.

He also claimed two victories from his first two matches in the SM2 competition.

Lamirault first overcame Italy's Federico Crosara 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 before following that up with a 12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-5 win against Poland's Tomasz Jakimczuk.

Fabien Lamirault won both of his matches today ©Getty Images
Fabien Lamirault won both of his matches today ©Getty Images

Serbia's Borislava Perić-Ranković, the Rio 2016 champion and three-time Paralympic silver medallist, won her only match today.

The 45-year-old brushed aside Turkey's Irem Oluk 11-9, 11-1, 11-5 in the SF4-5 category.

Kelly Van Zon of The Netherlands, who also struck gold in Rio de Janeiro last summer, got off to a good start.

She beat Anne Barneoud of France 11-9, 12-10, 11-5 in the women's SF7 class.

Action is due to continue tomorrow.