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Three Ellenborough JBL Players in Cadet National Cup

(picture by Trevor Parsons)

Over the weekend of 17th/18th May, three Ellenborough JBL players were competing in the Cadet National Cup, where the top ten Cadet players play a round robin tournament.

Top seed going into the tournament was Jasmin Wong who plays in our girls JBL A team. Seeded fifth & sixth were two girls who play in the girls B team, Anaya Patel & Millie Rogove.

Day One

Jasmin Wong is out on her own, the top seed having won all five matches today.

She did so without dropping a game until her final match, when the day’s surprise package Millie Rogove, who won her previous four matches against higher-ranked players, levelled at 1-1.

But Wong came back to lead the way, ahead of Rogove and third seed Ruby Chan on four wins each and second seed Gemma Kerr on three wins, alongside Anaya Patel.

The top three seeds started with wins, though Chan had to recover from losing the first game to Erin Green.

But the fourth and fifth seeds were both defeated in tight matches, Mari Baldwin (#4) three times levelling against Amy Marriott (#7) but going down 11-8 in the decider, and sixth-ranked Rogove overcoming No 5 Patel in six games.

Rogove went one better by beating Baldwin 4-2 in the second round, a protracted match with four deuces, and in which Baldwin saved three match points at 10-7 down in the sixth.

Patel got off the mark, against Isabelle Doyle, while Wong and Chan won in four straight, but Kerr had a real battle against Green, finally winning 11-9 in the decider after her opponent had battled back from 2-1 and 3-2 down, taking the sixth 11-0.

The only match in round three which required more than four games saw Rogove and Chan go the distance, with Rogove retaining her 100% record. She led 3-1 but saw the third seed level, but the left-handed Rogove won the decider 11-4.

All the other matches were decided in four straight, including Angharad Beman’s first victory as she defeated Doyle.

Rogove cemented her unbeaten start in round four, when she took down second seed Kerr. Again, it went to seven, and this time she came from 3-1 down to do it.

Green and Baldwin both broke their ducks, respectively overcoming Beman in six and Doyle in four. Chan bounced straight back from her defeat in round three to beat Patel in four and Wong continued her untroubled progress against Marriott.

Rogove could not sustain her run of results when she took on top seed Wong in the final match, while victories for Patel and Chan closed up the hunt for medals.

Day 2

The closest of the four competitions say Ruby Chan finish one victory ahead of Jasmin Wong, Anaya Patel and Millie Rogove, with the unlucky sixth seed Rogove missing out on a medal by fractions, despite beating both Chan and Patel and winning four of her five matches against higher-ranked opponents.

Patel, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday, broke the competition wide open in the first round of the day as she ended the perfect record of top seed Wong. The Berkshire player three times came from a set down before rocking through the decider 11-2.

On the other tables, Chan’s day started with a routine 4-0 win over Isabelle Doyle, while Gemma Kerr bounced back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to defeat Mari Baldwin in seven.

With Rogove beating Angharad Beman in six, it left Chan, Wong and Rogove in a three-way tie on five victories, with Kerr and Patel one win back.

It looked as if round seven would see a swing back to Wong, who was troubled by Baldwin but won in six, while Rogove and Chan both had to dig deep to win in seven.

Rogove had to shake off Green in the archetypal rollercoaster as she led, trailed and led again before her opponent came back to take the sixth. The decider was close all the way, Rogove shading it 11-9.

Chan, meanwhile, pulled off a remarkable comeback against Kerr, saving several match points in the fifth and sixth (the sixth going to 16-14) and eventually triumphing 11-7 in the decider – and this having lost the first three games.

That comeback by Chan looked all the more important after round eight, when she defeated Wong 4-1 to move into the lead in the race for gold.

Patel kept up her good form as she beat Green in four, but Rogove was defeated by Marriott, despite saving five match points in the sixth and one more as the decider went to 14-12.

That left Wong in second and Patel in third, by a fraction of a percentage over Rogove going into the final round. Incredibly, had Rogove won that set, she would have taken gold – instead she dropped to fourth.

Nothing changed in the final round with 4-0 victories for Chan, Patel and Rogove, and a 4-1 scoreline in favour of Wong.

What they Said -
Jasmin Wong (Silver, Cadet Girls)

I played really well on the first day but not so well on the second. I’m not sure why that was. I kept calm but it didn’t work out the same as the first day. But silver could have been worse.

Anaya Patel (Bronze, Cadet Girls)

I didn’t come here expecting to win a medal, so it’s good that I did. I just kept calm and didn’t try to think about the results but about how I was playing. It’s a really long tournament and quite tiring, so you have to try to keep your energy up.

Final standings: 1 Ruby Chan, 2 Jasmin Wong, 3 Anaya Patel, 4 Millie Rogove, 5 Gemma Kerr, 6 Amy Marriott, 7 Mari Baldwin, 8 Erin Green, 9 Angharad Beman, 10 Isabelle Doyle

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