09:00AM, Saturday 25 May 2019
Cippenham Table Tennis Club held its fifth Junior 4-Star Open Championships last weekend and, once again, it was a great success with many of the top juniors and cadets from the south of England and Wales competing for top ranking points.
The two-day tournament started with the cadet events on Saturday with the boys’ event as 57 competitors were split into 19 groups All but two of the top eight seeds made it through their group in first place but sixth seed Louie Evans was beaten by Jaco Di Lu and seventh seed Victor Ramirez Rioja succumbed to Larry Trumpauskas. After numerous gruelling knockout rounds the final did not disappoint with games alternating but eventually it was Berkshire’s Felix Thomis who won the title defeating top seed Louis Price 11-7, 9-11, 14-12, 9-11, 11-8.
In the Cadet Girls’ event, all four seeds made it comfortably through their groups as did the top ranked players in two of the other groups. However, Felicia Lee from Hong Kong, unranked in England, gave notice that she could be a force to be reckoned with by winning group seven. Into the knock-out stage, however, despite beating Jyothi Ghanta in round 1, Lee was forced out of the competition by second seed Raquel Sao Pedro in the quarter-final. One of Lee’s victims in the groups, Angharad Beman, fared better, beating fourth seed Lauren Loosemore and then Scarlett O’Neill to set up a meeting with top seed Lara Whitton in the semi-final. The other semi-final was between Sao Pedro and third seed Samadhi Udamulla and those results saw the final being contested between the top two seeds, Whitton and Sao Pedro. Sao Pedro took the second game in the final but that was to no avail as the Welsh number five ranked woman, Lara Whitton, took the title.
On Sunday it was the turn of the older, junior, competitors although many of the cadets stayed for the second day. In the boys’ competition, all eight seeded players made it through their groups with Louis Price making up for his disappointment of twenty-four hours earlier by coming out as winner, while Anya Patel picked up the win in the Junior Girls singles.
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