Congratulations to Stiga player Tin Tin Ho who retained her title in the women’s singles yesterday at the Senior Nationals in London.
Tin-Tin Ho successfully defended her title (photo by Alan Man)
Ho, who has more than 40 national titles through the age groups, said: “I think we just know each other’s games so well and we’ve played in so many finals, there’s a mental aspect too.
“She played well – I struggled when I received half-long and she got in. I was under pressure but I managed to turn it around with a bit of luck as well.
“Every title has equal value, so I’m really happy to win.”
Tsaptsinos’ verdict was: “It was very, very close. I think throughout the day I worked my way up to play near my maximum.
“It was quite tactical and strategic but it just slipped away at the end. There were a few opportunities I didn’t take, but she played well.
“I’m happy with the way I played, but obviously I’d have liked to win in my last year as an under-21.”
Earlier, in the men’s quarters, Sam Mabey came from 2-1 down to upset third seed Josh Bennett in six, while Luke Savill, who had been 3-0 up against Shayan Siraj, saw his younger opponent take the next two before he was able to close it out in the sixth.
In fact, none of the quarters were decided in four straight – Adam Jepson took a game off Weerasinghe and Ethan Walsh took one off Jarvis.
By contrast, all the women’s quarter-finals were all over after four games – Ho against Mollie Patterson and Emily Bolton against Megan Gidney featuring closer game scores than Charlotte Bardsley’s victory over Sarah Menghistab or Tsaptsinos’ defeat of Bethany Farnworth.
Ho continued her record of not dropping a game as she saw off Bardsley in the semi-finals, but Tsaptsinos had to fight past Bolton, who twice levelled the score before the senior England player made sure in six.
Publish date: March 1, 2018
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