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Golden Double for Super Sophie

Over the weekend of 17th-18th June in the Arena Sports Kettering Sophie Chiang surprised everyone with a fabulous U13 win by knocking out the top three seeds in the process.

In the U12 competition it was a blistering display of attacking table tennis without losing a game on her way to victory.

Under 13 Girls (Saturday)

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).

U13 Presentation

Under 12 Girls (Sunday)

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).

Sophie with the Under 12 Trophy.

Sophie said "I didn’t really expect to win the under-13s but I wanted to go home with something at least.

I just wanted to try my best and as long as I stayed calm and didn’t have a bad attitude I knew I would be fine.

Beating Ruby Chan (the top seed, in the U13 semi-finals) was my best win, but I also played really well in the under-12 final."

A great weekend for Sophie!!

Table Tennis England Full Report Saturday.
Table Tennis England Full Report Sunday.

Watch Sophie complete a fantastic National Championships double.

U13 Girls Final

U12 Girls Final

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