Stiga Sponsored players Fan’s Zhendong the Mens No 1 and Chen Meng the Womens No 1 reclaim the top spot in the January 2020 World Ranking!
Following his compatriot and closest competitor Xu Xin, China’s Fan Zhendong recovers his no.1 position. Fen is listed in top spot on the men’s world rankings issued for January.
For the women, Chen Meng maintains her status as world no.1.
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.
Junior Girls’ Singles
Charlotte Bardsley bt Dominika Gilewska (POL) 3-1 (11-9, 11-13, 11-2, 11-1)
Bardsley bt Jana Terezkova (SVK) 3-2 (8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5)
Bardsley bt Danijela Karkusova (SVK) 3-1 (11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3)
Zuzana Pekova (SVK) bt Millie Rogove 3-0 (13-11, 11-7, 11-7)
Rogove bt Nela Hanakova (CZE) 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7)
Aleksandra Jarkowska (POL) bt Rogove 3-0 (14-12, 11-6, 12-10)
Round of 16
Bardsley bt Julia Tomecka (POL) 4-0 (11-9, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7)
Bardsley bt Miriam Carnovale (ITA) 4-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-2)
Bardsley bt Charlotte Lutz (FRA) 4-2 (10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7)
Bardsley bt Zuzana Pekova (SVK) 4-0 (13-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6)
Author: Paul Stimpson
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.
Congratulations to 16-year-old Fay Leggett the Scottish Junior number 1 who won the Junior National Championships. The Junior Champion was also runner up in the final of the Scottish National Championships to Rebecca Plaistow. Faye has still 2 more years left a Junior.
Congratulations to Stiga sponsored Rebecca Plaistow Scottish Number 1 who won her 3rd Ladies National Championship together with the Ladies doubles.
After taking a short break due to university and exams, she had some ‘good training sessions at her club’ (South Ayrshire), which really set her up for the national championships. Plaistow also felt that playing Women’s British had help to sharpen her game
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.”
Ho & Mischek bt Xuan Zhang (ESP) & Audrey Zarif (FRA) 3-2 (12-10, 4-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9)