Congratulations to Tin-Tin Ho who is once again a European champion!

Congratulations to Tin-Tin Ho who is once again a European champion!

Tin-Tin Ho has a gold medal around her neck after she and Karoline Mischek won the women’s doubles at the European Under-21 Championships.

Having yesterday overcome the second seeds to reach the last four, Ho and her Austrian team-mate saw off fifth seeds Zhang & Zarif in the semi-finals to take their place in the gold medal match.

Their opponents were the Wegrzyn sisters from Poland and it was a big opportunity for the pairing, seeded seventh, as they faced a pair ranked 19th.

And it was an opportunity they took, though not without a struggle at times as they won it 3-0 (11-8, 15-13, 11-8) – overturning a 6-1 deficit in the final game to get on the top step of the podium.

Tin-Tin said: “I’m really happy to get the gold. We played together at the Portugal Open recently and we lost our first match, so we didn’t know what to expect. But we know each other’s games really well because we practise together in Linz and we complement each other.

“I don’t think we thought about winning and losing at any point, we just wanted to keep working away, even when we were down in games, and we were really calm.

“It’s definitely up there with my other achievements – to be the Under-21 European champion is a great feeling.”

Results
Women’s Doubles
Semi-finals
Ho & Mischek bt Xuan Zhang (ESP) & Audrey Zarif (FRA) 3-2 (12-10, 4-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9)

Final
Ho & Mischek bt Anna Wegrzyn & Katarzyna Wegrzyn (POL) 3-0 (11-8, 15-13, 11-8)
Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: March 10, 2019
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Rhys Davies Becomes Cadet National Cup Champion

Congratulations to Stiga player Rhys Davies on becoming Cadet National Cup champion this weekend.

The astonishing end to the competition had its genesis in the day’s first round, when Rhys Davies ended the only 100% record left, that of top seed Louis Price.

And he did so in style with a 4-0 scoreline – the second game the key as Davies took it 15-13.

That gave Thomas Rayner and Naphong Boonyaprapa the chance to join Price on five victories and they took the opportunity, though with contrasting results.

While Rayner had few worries in getting past Bertie Kelly in four, Boonyaprapa had plenty against Ben Piggott, three times trailing his opponent before taking the decider 11-6.

Jie Fu Tham held off a comeback by his Ackworth School colleague Felix Thomis, seeing a 3-0 lead eroded to 3-2, and missing match points in the fifth, before claiming the sixth. Connor Green defeated Ollie Maric-Murray 4-1 in the other Round 6 match.

Round 7 saw Davies take an important 4-2 win over Rayner in what – at that stage – looked like a play-off for bronze. The match hinged on the fourth game which Davies, 2-1 down, took 11-2 to seize the initiative.

At the top, Price got his show back on the road, though he had to shake off Tham 4-2, while Boonyaprapa’s task was a more straightforward 4-0 win over Maric-Murray.

Piggott overcame Thomis 4-1 and it was 4-2 for Green against Kelly – who raised hopes of his first win when he came from 2-0 down to level.

So to Round 8, and the sands shifted in favour of Boonyaprapa as he defeated Tham 4-0, while Price was beaten in five close games by Green.

Davies and Rayner kept up their medal bids in contrasting matches – Davies overcoming Kelly in four, though he saved several game points in the third, while Rayner had a definitive switchback ride against Thomis. Rayner led 2-0, trailed 3-2 and saved a match point in the sixth before triumphing 11-9 in a decider. The final match of the round saw Piggott defeat Maric-Murray 4-0.

The final-round results saw Rayner and Davies both win 4-1 – against Maric-Murray and Thomis respectively – to ensure their medals.

The key result proved to be Price’s 4-3 win over Boonyaprapa, bagging the top seed the silver and leaving unlucky Boonyaprapa empty-handed.

Piggott ended with a 4-2 win over Kelly – who did fight back from 3-0 down as he searched for that elusive victory – and Tham overcame Green 4-3.

Final positions: 1 Rhys Davies, 2 Louis Price, 3 Thomas Rayner, 4 Naphong Boonyaprapa, 5 Ben Piggott, 6 Connor Green, 7 Jie Fu Tham, 8 Felix Thomis, 9 Ollie Maric-Murray, 10 Bertie Kelly.

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Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: March 10, 2019

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Stiga Player Rhys Davies wins the Cadet Boys at the STIGA Blackpool Junior 4 Star

Congratulations to Stiga player Rhys Davies who won the Cadet Boys at the STIGA Blackpool Junior 4 Star this weekend on the 16/17 Feb 2019.

Photos by Graham Coupe
see all the results here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bpltabletennis/sets/72157705315841671/page1
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Stiga sponsored Woodfield girls team win division 3 in the Junior British League

Congratulations to the young Stiga sponsored Woodfield girls team who won division 3 in the Junior British League at their first attempt last weekend.

Division Three was the closest as Woodfield took it on countback ahead of Ormesby II, with halfway leaders Wensum II a point behind and Bishop Auckland another point back.

The teams all took points off each other – Ormesby beat Bishop Auckland, who in turn beat Wensum and Woodfield, while Woodfield beat Wensum, whose own title aspirations suffered because of three draws.

The Woodfield v Wensum match in the final round finished 6-0 in favour of the former, who consequently took the title.

Pravesha Ragi of Bishop Auckland won all eight of her matches to lead the player standings, with Maliha Baig of Woodfield second on 87.5% thanks to 14 victories from 16.

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Stiga Player Andrew Baggley Wins His 3rd Ping Pong World Championships

Congratulations to Stiga player Andrew Baggley who was on top of world again after winning his 3rd Ping pong world championships. What a star.
 
Here is more details on his win courtesy of Paul Stimpson.
 
Andrew Baggaley is the ping pong world champion for the third time.
 
The Englishman defeated China’s Wang Shibo 3-2 in a thrilling World Championship of Ping Pong final at Alexandra Palace tonight.
 
Twice Baggaley moved in front only for his opponent, the defending champion, to level the score and take it to a deciding set.
 
But Baggaley turned the screw in the fifth to give a partisan crowd the result they wanted, taking it 15-6 to add the title to those he won in 2015 and 2016 and claim the top prize of $20,000.
 
Afterwards Baggaley, who was battling cramps in his hand in the latter stages of the final, told Sky Sports the victory was the best of his three in the event, having beaten all three of the other players to have won this title en route to his triumph.
 
He added: “He pushed me to the limit. He’s an amazing player – he threw everything at me and I threw everything at him. He was just a few points here and there. I’m so happy.”
 
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Wang had earlier ended the run of Chris Doran who, as he had last year, reached the semi-finals.
 
Doran had won all his five matches 2-0 without conceding more than 10 points in a game up to that point, but Wang was a different proposition as ball after ball came back on the table, as Doran ruefully reflected: “I don’t think I did myself justice. He played a great game – he’s so solid, you almost feel like you’re playing a brick wall.”
 
Baggaley earlier came through against former champion Maxim Shmyrev in the last 16 and then came from behind to defeat China’s Yan Weihao, another ex-champion, in the quarters – the point at 14-14 in the second game a sudden death situation which could have seen him eliminated.
 
By comparison, his semi-final against Chen Jie, also of China and the last woman in the competition, was more straightforward.
 
In the earlier stages of the competition, Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay reached the last 16, where he was beaten in a close match by Hu Junchao, the Chinese winning 15-14, 15-11.
 
Northern Ireland’s Paul McCreery, Scotland’s Ian Johnston and Irish pair Zak Wilson and Gavin Maguire went out in the group stage – Wilson beaten by Rumgay on the way.
 
Results (English players)
Group B
Ashley Stokes bt Jakub Dorocinski (POL) 2-0 (15-14, 15-10)
Huang Jungang (CHN) bt Stokes 2-0 (15-9, 15-7)
John Russel Misal (PHI) bt Stokes 2-1 (10-15, 15-9, 15-8)
 
Group C
Chris Doran bt Shen Jianyu (CHN) 2-0 (15-4, 15-7)
Doran bt Robert Janke (GER) 2-0 (15-10, 15-6)
 
Group F
Andrew Baggaley bt Roman Puchkin (RUS) 2-0 (15-8, 15-3)
Baggaley bt Omry Ben Ari (ISR) 2-0 (15-8, 15-12)
 
Round of 32
Baggaley bt Dai Suchuan (CHN) 2-0 (15-10, 15-8)
Doran bt Yohan Lecomte (FRA) 2-0 (15-3, 15-8)
 
Round of 16
Baggaley bt Maxim Shmyrev (RUS) 2-1 (14-15, 15-8, 15-8)
Doran bt John Russel Misal (PHI) 2-0 (15-10, 15-4)
 
Quarter-finals
Baggaley bt Yan Weihao (CHN) 2-1 (7-15, 15-14, 15-5)
Doran bt Anton Andersson (SWE) 2-0 (15-8, 15-5)
 
Semi-finals
Baggaley bt Chen Jie (CHN) 2-0 (15-9, 15-4)
Wang Shibo (CHN) 2-0 bt Doran (15-6, 15-11)
 
Final
Baggaley bt Wang 3-2 (15-10, 12-15, 15-8, 10-15, 15-6)
 
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Stiga player Rhys Davies wins the Cadets at the Bristol 4 *

Congratulations to Stiga player Rhys davies who won the Cadets at the Bristol 4 * this weekend. He also made the semi final of Juniors. This is a great result for Rhys. Well done

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Stiga player Louis Cheung-Turner  wins the U11 Boys at the St Mary’s Hull 2 Star Junior Tournament

Stiga player Louis Cheung-Turner  won the U11 Boys final at the St Mary’s Hull 2 Star Junior Tournament yesterday.
Louis beat Abraham Sellado 3-0 and didn’t drop a set in any of his matches / rounds in the U11s event.
 
He also reached the semi-final of the U13 boy’s event but was beaten by Luke Hodgson, Hull player (pictured playing Louis) who went on to win the event.
Great job Louis – well done.
 
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