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Sophie Chiang 2017 U12 National Cup Winner

Table Tennis England President Jill Parker MBE presents the trophy to Sophie Chiang
(picture by Trevor Parsons)

Ethan Walsh, Charlotte Bardsley, Naphong Boonyaprapa and Sophie Chiang were the champions at the end of a second day of twists and turns at the Cadet & Under-12 National Cup.

The two girls were especially impressive in remaining unbeaten, with Chiang conceding only one game all competition.

The tournament pits 40 of the top players in England against each other in their respective ranking groups in round-robin format, with the Cadets playing best of seven and the Under-12s best of five.

U12 Girls

Sophie Chiang dropped only one game all tournament as she romped to the title, which she secured with a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten second seed Amy Marriott.

Marriott took the silver, ahead of Romy Sawyer in the bronze medal position.

With Molly Rhodes withdrawing because of illness after day one, only nine girls started day two. The first clash with a possible bearing on the medal positions saw Marriott come back from losing the first game against Romy Sawyer to win 3-1.

All paths continued to lead to a deciding clash between the top two in the final round, as both Chiang and Marriott won their round seven ties in three straight – against Sawyer and Chloe Ambridge respectively, leaving their Paris-based opponents in a straight fight for bronze.

Chiang dropped her only game in the penultimate match – Ambridge taking the lead – but turned it around to ensure she and Marriott would indeed meet in the winner-take-all final clash.

Sawyer’s 3-0 win over Gimbuta ensured bronze with a game to spare – by virtue of having beaten Ambridge on day one.

Megan Jones notched her first win on the table – she had beaten Rhodes by walkover – when she overcame Isobel McGerty 3-2 in round 8.

Marriott held her own against Chiang, taking the first to deuce, but the top seed was just that bit too good for the rest.

Final positions: 1 Sophie Chiang, 2 Amy Marriott, 3 Romy Sawyer, 4 Chloe Ambridge, 5 Lola McGhee, 6 Isobel McGerty, 7 Lara Gimbuta, 8 Megan Jones, 9 Alana Richardson, 10 Molly Rhodes

Sophies results

Round 1
Chiang bt Richardson 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-5)

Round 2
Chiang bt Gimbuta 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-2)

Round 3
Chiang bt Rhodes 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-3)

Round 4
Chiang bt McGerty 3-0 (11-7, 11-0, 11-1)

Round 5
Chiang bt Jones 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-4)

Round 6
Chiang bt McGhee 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6)

Round 7
Chiang bt Sawyer 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-7)

Round 8
Chiang bt Ambridge 3-1 (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4)

Round 9
Chiang bt Marriott 3-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-7)

Author: Paul Stimpson Table Tennis England

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