Congratulations to Stiga player Tin-Tin Ho who won the Women’s Singles Senior Nationals for the 4th time this weekend in Nottingham.+
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Women’s Singles Results
Tin-Tin Ho won her fourth women’s singles title as she beat surprise finalist Mari Baldwin 4-0.
Ho got off to the best possible start, racing to the first set, 11-4. Baldwin’s disruptive backhand didn’t faze Ho at all, using all her experience and quality.
The second set was a closer affair, with 15-year-old Baldwin starting to grow in confidence. However, Ho came on strong at the end of the set to take it 11-7.
At the start of the third set, Ho showed no mercy as she hit winner after winner. Baldwin did mount a mini comeback but it was too little too late with the score 11-6 and a repeat of that scoreline in the fourth meant Ho had regained the title she lost last year to Maria Tsaptsinos – who had to withdraw from the tournament last week because of injury.
Ho said: “I’m really happy to win the title, every title means a lot. Although the competition was a bit different this year, I always stayed focused. Mari caused a few upsets and her style is quite different, but I was comfortable against it.
“I wanted to get the title back really badly. It was a shame Maria was injured but I was ready to play whoever happened to get through.”
Baldwin, who knocked out second seed Denise Payet in yesterday’s quarter-finals, said: “It was brilliant. To get this far in my first competition is quite great in itself so I was quite happy to get here, to be honest.
“I wasn’t expected to get this far. Maybe one day I will get the gold.”
Ho secured her place in the final with a confident 4-2 win over fourth seed Mollie Patterson. It was a tight opening to the match with both players appearing nervous and making several mistakes. However, at the business end of the first set, Patterson saved a set point at 10-9 and went on to take it 12-10.
Ho stepped up at the start of the second, taking a 7-0 lead and winning the set 11-4. It was a similar story in the third with Patterson making two service faults on her way to losing it 11-4.
However, the 17-year-old had a glimmer of hope in the fourth, going 9-6 up before taking the set 11-9 and levelling the match at 2-2.
From here, Ho showed why she is the No 1 seed with her quality and speed too much for Patterson. She won the next two sets 11-2 in a clinical performance.
Patterson said: “I’m very pleased to have made Finals Day for the first time. Coming back after losing the next two showed how tough I can be mentally. I had to reset multiple times and keep fighting for every point and put her under pressure as much as possible.
“I’ve learned so much from this competition and I’m going to use it and put it into practice with my coaches at Grantham College and try to push on and come back for revenge next year.”
Baldwin’s sensational run continued as she beat third seed Emily Bolton 4-2 to meet Ho in the final. The 15-year-old’s disruptive backhand caused problems for the whole match, with Bolton not being allowed to settle. The first set was extremely tight, with Baldwin saving two set points to take it on her second, 14-12. The second set saw Bolton continue to struggle with Baldwin’s backhand, losing it 11-8.
There was very little between them in the third with Baldwin pegging Bolton back to take it 11-8. The third seed started to find her form in the fourth set, winning it 11-7. In the fifth set, Baldwin had four match points, but Bolton stood firm, winning 13-11. The sixth set was clinical from Baldwin, with the 15-year-old winning 11-6 to book her place in the final.
After the match, Bolton said: “It’s the first time I’ve reached the semi-finals, so it’s better than last year, but I’m still very disappointed. I got a bad start, so it was always going to be difficult – but credit to Mari, she came out and was fearless.
“She’s the Cadet national champion, so she’s a good player and it’s a completely different style to anyone in England and we don’t play against it much. There’s no rhythm, you are constantly having to work things out point by point – but I think it’s nice to have that style because it gives us something else to play against.
“I’ll watch the videos back and watch the sets I won and the sets I lost and hopefully learn and come back better next year.”
Stig player Andrew Baggaley wins his 4th Ping Pong championship.
Andrew Baggaley won a sudden-death match point to successfully defend his World Championship of Ping Pong title and lift the trophy for a historic fourth time tonight.
Baggaley overcame Germany’s Alexander Flemming in a match which was hailed as the best ping pong contest ever, clinching the winner-take-all point and $20,000 top prize after seeing Flemming save three match points to tie it up at 14-14 in the deciding fifth set.
The final scoreline at Alexandra Palace was 3-2 (14-15, 15-8, 14-15, 15-8, 15-14) in favour of Baggaley against his friend and training partner – both men prepared at a pre-tournament training camp in Milton Keynes.
Afterwards, Baggaley told Sky Sports he was “exhausted”, adding: “This was the hardest one, definitely. It supercedes all the other ones.
“I showed probably the best composure I’ve ever shown. I was quite calm, actually, and physically strong.
“The consistency of the quality was so high. He’s an unbelievable player, he’s never beaten. He’s going to win this one day, for sure.”
Flemming’s reaction was: “I can’t feel pity or sad because it’s a great final and I can’t say I did anything wrong. He’s a real champion, I’m proud of you, Andrew.”
Earlier, Baggaley came through his semi-final against Liang Xue of China 2-0 (15-13, 15-6), while Flemming ended the run of Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay also in two (15-4, 15-9)
In the quarter-finals, Rumgay had knocked out Northern Ireland’s Paul McCreery 2-1 (15-13, 11-5, 15-11), Baggaley edged a tight one with China’s Hu Junchao 2-0 (14-13) and Flemming saw off three-time champion Maxim Shmyrev in three. Liang won in three against compatriot Lu Shuang.
After Baggaley, the next best-performing English player, perhaps surprisingly given the presence of regulars Chris Doran and Matt Ware in the field, was 17-year-old Ethan Walsh, who went out in the last 16 to Shmyrev. It was a creditable 15-10, 15-11 scoreline against a man who won the first three stagings of the tournament, the last of which was in 2014.
Ethan Walsh in action at Alexandra Palace (picture by Michael Loveder)
Walsh had beaten Julien Dehaes of Belgium 2-1 (12-15, 15-8, 15-8) in the last 32. His run was the more remarkable given that Walsh earlier lost his first match of the tournament to Russia’s Dimitrii Popov. He kept his tournament alive by beating Northern Irish youngster Jonathan Mooney in his second group match and then got through by defeating Hong Kong’s Lin Jing-Jie.
Doran had to battle to make it out of the same group when, having won his first match against Mooney, he lost his second to Popov. He lost the first game of his must-win match with Hungary’s Kristof Zakar but, cheered on by a packed crowd standing at courtside – the match was the last of the first session to finish – he came back to win 2-1.
However, Doran went out in the last 32 to Lu Shuang of China, the score a tight 2-1 (15-12, 14-15, 15-12).
Ware went out in the group stage, losing to Czech player Tomas Sadilek before beating Joel Mikael of Sweden, but then losing his decider to Dmitrii Bobrov of Russia.
England’s Mark Mitchell lost his first match 2-1 to Dehaes but bounced back to win his second match by the same score to Hungary’s Peter Palos. However, his decisive match resulted in a 2-0 defeat to Vladislav Kutsenko of Russia.
Of the other Home Nations players, Ian Johnston of Scotland recovered from an opening loss to win his next to and reach the last 32, where he was beaten 2-0 (15-8, 15-7) by Flemming.
Zak Wilson of Northern Ireland lost his two group matches and Ireland’s Gavin Maguire won once in Baggaley’s group but was agonisingly knocked out by Martin Groenewold of the Netherlands in one of the closest matches of the third stage.
Stiga player Charlotte Bardsley is an ITTF Junior Circuit gold medallist! The English teenager romped to the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the Slovakian Junior & Cadet Open with a string of impressive performances.
The second seed claimed the gold with a 4-0 victory in the final, edging two tight games and then pulling away to clinch the gold against seventh seed Zuzana Pekova of the host nation with a 13-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 scoreline.
Bardsley earlier topped her group – though she needed to come from 2-1 down to win in five against the host nation’s Jana Terezkova.
She won her last-16 and quarter-final matches 4-0 and then took charge of her semi-final against fifth seed Charlotte Lutz of France in the fifth game, which she won 13-11, going on to complete a 4-2 (10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7) victory.
Meanwhile, Millie Rogove and Sam Wilson both reached the consolation finals in their respective singles competitions.
Rogove ended up facing the competition’s top seed in the final of the consolation event – Norway’s Martine Toftaker, who had only finished third in her group.
And though Rogove held her own, taking the third game, Toftaker had enough to claim a 3-1 (11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7) win.
Rogove had earlier made her way through three rounds, all in four games and all against Slovakian opponents.
Wilson won one of his group matches, beating Mathias Lecaro of Ecuador, but a narrow defeat in his final match, losing 12-10 in the fifth to Japan’s Seu Goto, meant he had to settle for a place in the consolation singles.
He needed five games in the round of 32, but powered through the next three matches for the combined loss of only one game to reach the final against Michal Malachowski of Poland.
Wilson battled back from two sets down to level and, having taken the fourth 11-2 looked to have the momentum. But Malachowski bounced back in the fifth to seal a 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 2-11, 11-8) victory.
Rhys Davies picked up one group win out of three, overcoming Poland’s Szymon Wisniewski, and then won his first match in the consolation event. He was eliminated in the last 16 by a Czech opponent.
In the doubles, the two combinations of English pairs both went out at the first hurdle.
Congratulations to Stiga player Charlotte Bardsley who defeated the fourth seed on her way to reaching the last 16 of the Junior Girls’ Singles at the European Youth Championships.
The Stourbridge player sunk Russia’s Kristina Kazantseva in five games in the last 64, opening up a 3-0 lead and then sealing it in the fifth after losing the fourth on deuce.
Bardsley was not finished there as she followed up by eliminating 27th seed Kornelija Riliskyte of Lithuania in the last 32. Her next opponent in Ostrava is the 12th seed Ema Labosova of Slovakia on Monday afternoon.
Mollie Patterson gave a good account of herself in the last 64 before going out in six games to top seed Tania Plaian of Romania, while Megan Gidney went out in five to 28th seed Marta Vukelic of Croatia.
Ruby Chan made it through to the last 32 of the Cadet Girls’ Singles, thanks to a super 4-3 defeat of Dalma Hasanova of Bulgaria. She recovered from 2-0 and 3-1 down – taking the third with an 11-0 scoreline – and ultimately prevailed 16-14 in the decider.
Stiga Player Tin Tin Ho ready to take to table in Minsk
Tin-Tin Ho will be the first Team GB player in action when the table tennis events get under way at the European Games in Minsk on Saturday.
The England No 1 has been drawn to face Finland’s Anna Kirichenko, who at No 204 is 95 places below Ho in the world rankings. The match is at 10am UK time.
The tie is the only one in the first round, with the winner to play Yang Xiaoxin (WR 73) of Monaco in the second round later on Saturday. Charlotte Carey of Team GB is straight into the second round, where she will play Amelie Solja of Austria (WR 67).
In the men’s singles, Sam Walker has a bye into the second round, where he will take on Pavel Platonov of the host national Belarus, who is ranked 14 places below him at No 100. The winner will face No 10 seed Jonathan Groth of Denmark in the third round on Sunday.
Liam Pitchford, seeded fourth, comes in for the third round and will face the winner of the match between Panagiotis Gionis of Greece (WR 54) and Luka Mladenovic of Luxembourg (Wr 219).
Meanwhile, the men’s team draw throws up another potential clash between Team GB and France in the quarter-finals. No 4 seeds GB will play the winners of the first-round match between the French and Portugal.
If it is France, it would repeat the match between the two at the Round of 16 at the Rio Olympics, which GB won in the deciding game of the deciding match. The England team featuring the same three players – Pitchford, Walker and Paul Drinkhall – also beat France in the quarter-finals of the 2016 World Championships.