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Denise Payet at the 2019 Senior National Championships

The best 32 players in the country, including Olympians, Paralympians and Commonwealth champions, battled it out at the PG Mutual National Championships.

At stake are singles, doubles and Para titles, plus men’s and women’s under-21 singles events – and the right to be called 2018/19 National Champion.

Women's Under 21 Singles
Denise Payet was seeded no. 2 and was therefore automatically put into the quarter-finals of knock-out stages of the main draw, Tin-Tin Ho seeded no. 1.

All of the other girls were placed in four groups of three, whereby the winner and runner-up of each group went through to the main draw.

In the quarter-finals Denise was up against Gauri Duhan and had a comfortable 4 - 1 win, 8, -11,4,8,9.

The semi-final was against an old JBL team-mate Jasmin Wong and was a lot more difficult than the quarter-final, going the full distance and resulting in a 4-3 win for Denise, 7,-9,9,-8,-10,11,5.

Into the final and as expected against favourite Tin-Tin Ho. This time going down 4-1, -5,-9,10,-2,-5.

Overall a good result, Silver medalist.

Under 21 Presentation, Emily Bolton & Jasmin Wong Bronze,
Denise Silver & Tin-Tin Gold

Mixed Doubles
No groups, straight into the main draw, Denise partnered by her Junior mixed doubles partner James Smith.

In round one they were up against Naphat Boonyaprapa & Gauri Duhan, comfortably winning 3 - 1, -7,10,12,8.

Quarter-Final against eventual winners Josh Bennett & Tin-Tin Ho, losing 3 - 1, -9,7,-7,-4

Women Doubles.
Partnered by Emily Bolton, started in the quarter-finals against Ruby Chan & Jasmin Wong, a straight forward
3 - 0 win 9,7,11 for Denise & Emily.

Semi-final against Mollie Patterson & Megan Gidney, this went to four but Denise & Emily were always in command only losing the third game, it ended 15,7,-8,5.

Now for the final against no. 1 seeds and favourites Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsapsapinos. It started well for Denise and Emily winning the first two games, then the no.1 seeds got into game mode and ran out winning 3 - 2, -8,-8,3,5,5.

Denise & Emily in the Final against Tin-Tin & Maria

Medal Presentation

Women's Singles.

Seeded three Denise went straight into the main draw, in round 1 Denise was paired against the more experienced Emma Vickers. This turned out to very Straight forward for Denise and was not in trouble at any stage running out winning 4-0, 7,6,8,9.

Round 2 (quarter-final) against Charlotte Bardsley who has been a thorn in the side against Denise on occassions, but not this time. It didn't start too well and we all thought here we go again. Obviously Denise was just teasing us as she raced through the next four games taking the match 4 - 1. -6,7,9,9,7.

Semi-Final against the no. 2 seed the more experienced England team-mate Maria Tsapsapinos, unbelievably Denise started winning the first two games, Maria then pulled out all of the stops to win the next four games, but it wasn't easy, Maria winning two of the four in deuce games. so the final result being 4 - 2 to Maria. -8,-6,6,10.14,8.

Maria went on to win the Womens Singles for the first time.

All Pictures by Alan Man

So all in all a great weekend for the 17 year old Ellenborough player.

Womens Under 21 - Silver

Mixed Doubles - Quarter-finalist

Womens Doubles - Silver

Womens Singles - Bronze

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