Stiga player Jamie Liu wins the double with the U13’s and Doubles titles at the English Nationals

What a great result for 2017 Stiga player Jamie Liu is the Under 13 English National Singles and Doubles Champion!! What a super result at this years Nationals

Congratulations to Jamie’s doubles partner Louis Price too. Both worked really hard to secure a win in the doubles.

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Under-13 Boys’ Singles

Jamie Liu was in peerless form, justifying his top seeding to add the Under-13 title to the Under-12s he won last year.

He had to come from 1-0 down to second seed Louis Price in the final, winning it 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

Liu’s path to the final was without alarm as he saw off Nicholas Miller (2, 8, 5), Felix Thomis (7, 7, 7) and Thomas Rayner (6, 7, 9) in turn.

Price’s first knockout match saw him defeat Luke Bennett in three (4, 7, 8), followed by Nikit Sajiv in three closer sets (14, 6, 9).

His semi-final was a tough clash against No 3 seed Naphong Boonyaprapa and, having thrown away game points in the third to go 2-1 down, he found his form again to come back and seal a 3-2 (11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6) victory.

The preliminary round saw some protracted battles. Miller set up his clash against Liu with a 3-2 (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 13-15, 11-8) victory over Luke Davies-Stokes, while Toby Ellis ended Adam Szabo’s competition with a 3-2 (11-4, 11-13, 12-14, 11-4, 11-3) margin. Bennett was also a winner in five against Lewis Ellams – the scoreline in that one 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8.
video:
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Under-13 Boys’ Doubles

Big drama in the final as Jamie Liu & Louis Price saved six match points on their way from 2-0 down to take the title.

Opponents Naphong Boonyaprapa & Rhys Davies led 10-6 in the third, and had two more match points at deuce only for their opponents to fight their way back and take the gold 3-2 (9-11, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-4).

It was mostly plain-sailing through to the final for both pairs – particularly Davies & Boonyaprapa, who beat Jake Grayson & Marco Plate (4, 3, 7), Shem Lejarde & Arthur Bracken (2, 3, 9) and Thomas Rayner & Ben Piggott (6, 9, 7) in their run to the final.

Liu & Price saw off Lennon Maughan & Ehsan Jawadi (6, 2, 5) before Alex Attew & Luke Davies-Stokes took them to four in the quarter-finals (12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12). But the semi was emphatic as they dispatched Charlie Turner & Che Goulbourne for the combined loss of eight points (3, 1, 4).

Turner & Goulbourne had ended the hopes of Adam Szabo & Connor Green in the last eight in a close four-game clash. It was 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12 to the winning pair.

In the preliminary round, Thomas Palmer & Charlie Nabarro needed five close games to overcome determined brothers Samuel and Joseph Cooper (13-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6).

There were also a couple of cracking ties in the first round, Lejarde & Bracken defeating Nikit Sajiv & Felix Thomis 3-2 (6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8) and Oliver Bryant & Nicholas Miller coming from 2-1 down to see off Harry Yip & Mikaeel Toosy (14-12, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9).

Video:
https://youtu.be/lfZlHTgeAos

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Stiga player Sophie Chang wins the double at Nationals once again U12’s & U13’s titles

Congratulations to Stiga player Sophie Chiang who following on from winning the Under 11’s and the Under 12’s Nationals last year, this year won the Under 12’s and Under 13’s. What an amazing progression and 2 sets of doubles in 2 years.
Well done.

Under-12 Girls’ Singles

Sophie Chiang savoured a double triumph as she blitzed through the competition without dropping a game to add the title to the Under-13s she won yesterday.

Having seen off Erin Richards (9, 3, 3), Rebecca Savage (3, 4, 7) and Chloe Ambridge (2, 9, 3) in the earlier rounds, Chiang faced No 2 seed Amy Marriott in the final. And her form continued as she raced to another 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-7) victory.

Marriott had herself been in good form as she defeated Katie Bates (11-8, 11-5, 11-5), Anya Milne (11-5, 13-11, 11-3) and Lola McGhee (11-7, 11-8, 11-8) on her way to the final.

There was a quirk of the draw earlier as Ambridge beat her best friend Romy Sawyer – the two girls are based in Paris – in four sets in the last 16, reversing the result from when they met in the first round of the Under-13s on Saturday.

Back in the preliminary round, Richards had a monumental victory over Devon colleague Lauren Loosemore, prevailing 3-2 (10-12, 21-19, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Group stage

Several of the top-ranked players in the groups ended up in second place in the standings, including overall fourth seed Romy Sawyer.

She was beaten in four (11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9) by Scarlett Anders, who herself only confirmed top spot with a five-set win over yesterday’s Under-11 runner-up Isabelle Lacorte (11-9, 4-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6).

Abbie Hurley rose above Niamh Scarborough in Group 6 with a 3-2 (10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9) victory, while Lara Gimbuta did the same to Megan Jones in Group 7 in another that went the distance (11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5).

Yesterday’s Under-11 champion Anna Green continued her confident event by sinking top-ranked Anya Milne in Group 8 – again in five (11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6) but it was a more straightforward 3-0 (6, 9, 6) margin for Rebecca Savage over Katie Bates in Group 9.

Yesterday’s Under-10 champion Bethany Ellis was eliminated in Group 1, seeing third-ranked Rose Bourdier overtake her thanks to a 3-1 (11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8) scoreline.

Second seed Amy Marriott needed five to overcome Lauren Loosesmore in Group 2 – 11-5, 13-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8) the score.

video link:
https://youtu.be/fTAAL8lIqyU

Under-13 Girls’ Singles

Sophie Chiang took out the top three seeds on her way to claiming the title.

The sixth seed, who will defend her U12 crown tomorrow, got the better of second seed Mari Baldwin in five in the final, twice coming from behind to win 3-2 (6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8).

Chiang had defeated top seed Ruby Chan, winning their semi-final 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7), and third seed Anaya Patel in the quarters in three (8, 9, 10).

Baldwin won her semi-final against Angharad Beman 3-1 (11-4, 7-11, 11-2, 11-4) – Beman having earlier upset the seedings when she ended the campaign of No 4 Erin Green in the last 16 in a quality encounter, coming from 2-1 down to triumph 3-2 (16-14, 4-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6).

Back at the start of the knockout stages, two matches went the distance in the preliminary round – Helena Dicken beating her doubles partner Lucy Vernon (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 11-7) and Sophie Rinnhofer overcoming Niamh Scarborough (5-11, 11-5, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5).

Group stage

All but three of the top seeds duly won their groups – the exceptions were Amilia Baker, Helena Dicken and Millie Rogove, all of whom went through in second place.

Baker was overtaken by Samadhi Udamulla in Group 8, who beat her in three relatively easy sets (4, 7, 9) – though Udamulla needed to dig deep against Lauren Loosemore to confirm top spot, beating her 3-2 (11-3, 10-12, 5-11, 11-3, 12-10).

Dicken’s conqueror in Group 10 was Romy Sawyer, who came out on the right side of a five-setter when the two met (12-10, 2-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-8).

And it was Alana Mansfield who supplanted Rogove in Group 12 in three tight sets (11-9, 12-10, 12-10).

Katie Bates got above Anya Milne into second place behind Erin Green in Group 4 courtesy of a tight 3-0 (13-11, 11-8, 17-15) win over Milne.

And in Group 5, third-ranked Rebecca Savage of Durham overcame Cleveland’s Lola McGhee to finish second behind Scarlett O’Neil.

Sophie Rinnhofer, ranked second behind Ruby Chan in Group 1, needed five games (8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 3-11, 12-10) against Genevieve Holchaks to make sure she advanced to the knockout stage.

Amy Marriott, top seed in Group 9, needed five to see off both Chloe Ambridge and Nadia Zoppos and win the group.

video link:
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Stiga Player Charlotte Bardsley was England’s on top at the Spanish Junior & Cadet Open.

Stiga Player Charlotte Bardsley was England’s best performer at the Spanish Junior & Cadet Open.
The Stourbridge player reached the quarter-finals of both the Cadet Girls’ Singles and Doubles in Platja d’Aro.
But she ran into a tough opponent in the singles in the shape of Japan’s Honami Nakamori, who beat her in three straight (7, 1, 3).
Mollie Patterson was knocked out in the last 32, Megan Gidney in the last 64 and Darcie Proud and Ruby Chan in the group stage.
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Stiga players Charlotte Bardsley & Megan Gidney win doubles at Cadet Nationals

Congratulations to these Stiga player Charlotte Bardsley and Megan Gidney winners of the doubles at the Cadet Nationals and Alice and Darcy who were runners up.

Charlotte Bardsley & Megan Gidney lived up to billing as they took the title.

The top seeds defeated Alice Dillon & Darcie Proud 3-0 (13-11, 11-5, 11-6) in the final.

In the semi-finals, Dillon & Proud defeated second seeds Jasmin Wong & Ruby Chan in four, while Bardsley & Gidney also needed four to defeat Gemma Kerr & Mollie Patterson.

There were no alarms for the top two pairs in the quarters, Bardsley & Gidney advancing past Lois Perryman & Scarlett O’Neil (3, 4, 2) and Wong & Chan defeating Ilyssa Lacorte & Mari Baldwin (8, 7, 8).

Stiga player Charlotte Bardsley wins the singles at the Cadet Nationals

Congratulations to these Stiga players Charlotte Bardsley winner of the singles at the Cadet Nationals at the weekend and to , Megan who came 2nd and Mollie who came 3rd. Well done!

Charlotte Bardsley won the battle of the top two seeds and doubles champions as she defeated Megan Gidney to take the title – her third gold of the day.

It was four straight by not always straightforward as the top seed won 4-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-5, 12-10).

Bardsley said: “Megan’s a really great doubles partner, we have great chemistry, so it was hard to play the final against her. She’s a good friend but I managed to win it.

“It’s a great competition – the top four in the Cadet National Cup have finished in the top four again here and it shows how tough it is.”

In the last four, Bardsley overcame Jasmin Wong 4-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4) but the real drama was in the other half of the draw, where Mollie Patterson led Gidney three times before seeing her opponent take the decider to complete a 4-3 (7-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) scoreline.

Stiga Player Tin Tin Ho completes a fantastic England win in Qualifiers

Great Performance from Stiga Player Tin Tin Ho this as she completes a fantastic England win

Tin-Tin Ho won the deciding match as England came from 2-1 down to defeat Slovenia in their European Championships qualifying match tonight.
 
Kelly Sibley was the star of the show with two victories as England won what is likely to be a crucial victory a campaign which will decide which division they play in at the finals next year.
 
With both countries having lost 3-0 to Germany earlier this season, they knew the importance of getting a victory on the board at Medway Park in a match stream live on the Team GB Facebook page.
 
Slovenia elected to put up their third-ranked player Tamara Pavcnik as their No 1, perhaps with an eye on holding sway in later match-ups.
 
She started against Sibley, a gap of around 170 in their respective world rankings, and the English No 1’s performance was an object lesson in dealing with whichever opponent is in front of you as she won in three straight for the loss of only 10 points in total.
 
Two of those were against her serve on the first two points of the match, but a booming backhand winner a couple of points later settled any nerves and Sibley was in charge from that moment, overpowering her young opponent on both flanks.
 
Kelly Sibley on her way to defeating Tamara Pavcnik (picture by Alan Man)
Slovenia’s team selection began to pay dividends in the second match when world No 139 Alex Galic took on Tin-Tin Ho, some 52 places below her.
 
The first was nip and tuck and Ho was handily placed at 7-6 up when she sent a serve into the net, starting a run of points which took her opponent to 10-7.
 
Ho saved those three game points, the final one by pouncing on a poor serve with a vicious forehand winner.
 
But Galic took the next two points to close it out 12-10 and that was as close as it got for the English girl, despite saving three more game points in the second. That game finished 11-7, as did the third, and the visitors were level.
 
Karina Le Fevre’s match against Manca Fajmut had the feel of a pivotal clash, no more so than in the third set.
 
Having lost the first and then won the second, saving a game point on the way, Le Fevre twice served for the third. Both times the chance went away and it was Fajmut who took it 13-11, going on to take the fourth and put Slovenia in front.
 
Karina Le Fevre takes on Manca Fajmut (picture by Alan Man)
When Sibley lost the first 11-9 to Galic, her club-mate in the French League, Slovenia might have scented victory, and she then held game point in the second. But in another pivotal moment, Sibley won three points on the bounce to level the match.
 
With Sibley drawing on the energy and enthusiasm of a home crowd, she won two more sets and it was all square and into the normal procedure of a Leopards deciding match – well, they do say they don’t change their spots.
 
Ho had appeared nervous in her first match, and admitted afterwards she was probably trying too hard – and there was a bit of a hangover from that as Pavcnik took the first game.
 
But the Paddington teenager came out for the second game a completely different player, blitzing into a 6-0 lead and taking it for the loss of only two points.
 
When she won the third set to five, England were within touching distance of another famous win.
 
There were a few bumps in the fourth, but a 12-10 scoreline brought the crowd to its feet and gave England a vital group win as they head into their home clash with Germany in Preston on December 13 (click here to buy tickets).
 
Afterwards Tin-Tin said:
 
“It feels really great, playing at home I wanted to take the opportunity and perform under pressure.
“In the first match I wasn’t really playing my game, I was trying too hard. In the second match I relaxed a bit and even when she opened up I was able to block it back and get it on the table and move her around.
“We had really good team spirit. Kelly played really well to take it back for us and give me the opportunity and Karina also played well.
“Now I’m really excited to play Germany again – it’s always good to play against higher-ranked players.”
Kelly Sibley added:
 
“I think it was absolutely fantastic. We knew it was going to be very tight and it proved that way and went down to the wire. When it got tight and we needed to step up, we all did it really well.
“We all had chances in the games we lost, we weren’t outplayed at all and we showed we’ve got great team spirit. I’m very proud of the team for getting over the line together.
“On a personal note, I’m very pleased with my own performance. Against Alex Galic, we play at the same club and I knew it was going to be tight but I thought I handled it well and the home crowd got me through when I was struggling.”
 
Article by:
Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: November 22, 2016
 

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