Huge congratulations to Stiga player Tin-Tin Ho who brought home the treble this weekend.
Tin Tin (who is just 17 years old) bagged her first singles title and also brought home the Women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
What a weekend.
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Tin-Tin Ho has her first Women’s Singles title after beating top seed Kelly Sibley at the PG Mutual National Championships in Hatfield today.
The 17-year-old from Paddington twice came from behind to win it 4-2 (5-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6) and complete a treble of titles having successfully defended both the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Liam Pitchford’s three-year reign as national Men’s Singles champion is at an end after Sam Walker defeated him in seven games in the semi-finals.
The No 4 seed Walker – like Pitchford a World Team Championships bronze medallist earlier this month – prevailed in a high-quality match which swung one way, the other and back again before Walker’s decisive move from 3-2 down in games.
The first trophy of the day was won by Walker & Ho who took the Mixed Doubles title for the third successive year, beating David McBeath & Emma Vickers.
Ho & Tsaptsinos then retained their Women’s Doubles title, beating Karina Le Fevre & Vickers.
Pitchford & Drinkhall were then in blistering form as they made it four Men’s Doubles titles in a row with a demolition of Chris Doran & Mike O’Driscoll.
Sam Walker & Tin-Tin Ho celebrated a hat-trick of Mixed Doubles titles as they sunk David McBeath and Emma Vickers in three straight.
Walker in particular unleashed a barrage of shots which the silver medallists had no answer to as the top seeds – who had faced elimination in the semi-finals at three match points down – took the trophy.
Walker said: “It’s great to win it again – that’s the hat-trick and it was good to keep my momentum up.
“The semi-final was really tough, but to be honest, I think we should have won it 3-0 and shouldn’t have really given them the chance, but they managed to pull it back and should have won.
“We got some good balls back and had a bit of luck, but you need that, and we were confident going into the final.”
Ho added: “It feels good to win it again, for the third year in a row. Sam’s a great doubles partner. The semi-final was really tough but we got it at the crucial point and took our chance.”
Silver medallist Vickers admitted Walker’s power was a decisive factor: “The quality of Sam’s shots is so difficult, especially for me.
“We’re pleased because we weren’t expected to get to the final, but no one wants to lose or be satisfied with silver.”
McBeath said: “It’s the second time we’ve lost to them in a final, so it’s a bit disappointing, but they definitely played the better game. I don’t think we really go started and we were struggling from that point.”
It was a case of match points missed and taken in the two semi-finals. In the first match, the two Under-21 singles champions, Tom Jarvis & Maria Tsaptsinos, having twice fought from a set down to level, had their chance at 10-9 up in the decider, only for McBeath & Vickers to take their first chance two points later.
Walker & Ho saw two match points saved by Chris Doran & Hannah Hicks in the fourth game of the second semi and then themselves faced three in the decider.
The defending champions were not about to go quietly though, saving those with the aid of an edge to make it 10-10. They duly completed a run of five successive points to book their place in the final.
Tin-Tin Ho & Maria Tsaptsinos won their second titles of the tournament as they defeated Karina Le Fevre & Emma Vickers in four.
A one-sided first game was not an indicator of things to come as the beaten pair went toe-to-toe with the champions for the rest of the match, losing a narrow second before closing the gap in the third.
But the champions were not in the mood to fall victim to a comeback and they took the fourth to ensure their second successive title in this event.
For Ho, it added to the mixed title won in the previous match, while Tsaptsinos yesterday took the Under-21 crown in dramatic fashion against Ho.
There was no hangover from that as the two good friends teamed up today, and Tsaptsinos said: “We’re always friends but you have to be professional when you play each other.
“I’m still not 100 per cent after yesterday but I played better than I thought I would and it’s really good to win. Now we want to win it again many times, we don’t just want it twice.”
Ho said: “It’s always good to retain a title and always good to win with Maria. It sets us up well for the international scene.”
Le Fevre said she had been nervous in the first end but had then found her form. She added: “We played quite well in the third and fourth ends but it’s little points that make the difference at this level.”
Author: Paul Stimpson (Photo by Alan Man)
Publish date: March 20, 2016