Champions crowned at Nationals

Ollie Maric-Murray and Maliha Baig won the Under-12 titles and Sienna Jetha and Kacper Piwowar the Under-10 golds on the second day of the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships.

Maric-Murray and Baig both stepped up from the Under-11 titles they won last year, while for Jetha it was a case of retaining the same title she claimed last time.

Piwowar became champion for the first time – his older brother Jakub was the defeated finalist in the Under-12s category at the event in Wolverhampton.

Under-12 Girls

Maliha Baig made up for disappointment in yesterday’s Under-13 final as she saw off Sienna Jetha to take the gold.

The top seed, who won the Under-11 title last year, had to fight for the trophy despite the 3-0 scoreline – the game scores were 14-12, 14-12, 11-8.

Fifth seed Jetha saw off the third seed Connie Dumelow in the semi-finals, recovering from losing the first game to post a 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8) victory.

Baig had a reasonable workout in her last-four tie with Kate Watkinson, coming through 3-0 I(11-6, 14-12, 11-7).

Jetha got to the last four thanks to an impressive victory over second seed Bethany Ellis, twice coming from behind to edge through 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 12-14, 15-13, 11-7).

Back in the preliminary round, there was a five-set victory for Rachael Iles, who held off Emily Cheung 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7). Iles went out to Watkinson in the quarters.

Group stage

The top two seeds in Group 8 swapped places as Under-11 champion Mia Longman defeated the top-ranked Emily Cheung 3-0 (15-13, 11-8, 11-8).

Caron Charles rose from third to second in Group 2 by defeating the higher-ranked Bella Tonev 3-0 (16-14, 13-11, 11-6). Bethany Ellis was top of the group, as expected.

Everywhere else, the top two went through in the correct order – though in Group 7, No 1 Jessica Morris beat No 2 Ella Pashley 3-2 (11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7) to secure top spot.

Full story courtesy of Table Tennis England