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Competition hot at table tennis champs

Canterbury table tennis player Yi-Sien Lin certainly enjoys his visits to Blenheim.

On his last trip, in 2010, he won the hotly-contested Marlborough Open title and repeated the dose last weekend, winning the men’s singles crown over fellow Cantabrian David Walle, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9.

Walle played an energetic attacking game, consistently smashing the ball to the corners while Lin produced some brilliant returns to get home in the deciding set.

Lin beat Marlborough-based Nathan Watson in one semi-final while Walle downed second seed Simon Fenwick in the other round-of-four match.

Earlier, Watson pulled out the stops to beat Canterbury’s Gregg Davey in section play, prevailing 16-14 in the fifth to finish as top qualifier in that section.

Local players to qualify for post-section play were Alex Kennedy, Matt Millar, Sam Flaherty and Blenheim-based Matthias Krönert.

Kennedy and Flaherty reached the quarterfinals.

In the women’s singles, local player Jacqui Wood reached the semis, losing to eventual champion Kris Alisch of Canterbury in straight sets.

Earlier, Wood put on a fine display against top seeded Mimi Walle in section play, coping well with the variations of spin that Walle produced to take the game to five sets.

Alisch beat Walle in the final 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 in a highly-tactical clash.

In the men’s doubles final Lin paired with Fenwick for a straight sets win over the local duo of Krönert and Matt Pigou, a good showing by the local pair who attacked at every opportunity against the New Zealand representatives.

After a round-robin competition, Alisch took the women’s doubles title alongside locally-based Canterbury representative Vanessa Wood-Lin. They beat Walle and Canterbury’s Anny Li, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 11-7.

Alisch, a former representative player in Australia, made it a clean sweep of senior titles when she combined with Fenwick for a win in the mixed doubles over Lin and Wood-Lin, the eventual winners saving a match point in the third set.

 

Other results:

Second grade

Men’s singles: Matt Millar. Women’s singles: Flora Lin.

Over-40

Men’s singles: Simon Fenwick. Men’s doubles: Fenwick and Gregg Davey. Mixed: Fenwick and Alisch. Women’s singles: Mimi Walle.

Over-50

Men’s singles: Paul Op Den Buysch. Men’s doubles: Warren Haszard and Derek Partridge.

Over-60

Men’s singles: Davey. Women’s singles: Anny Li.

Under-21

Men’s singles: David Walle. Women’s singles: Vanessa Wood-Lin. Men’s doubles: Alex Kennedy and Josh Sim.

Juniors

Under-18

Boys singles: Rory Osborne. Girls singles: Wood-Lin.

Under-15

Boys singles: Finn Brown.

Under-13

Boys singles: Brown. Doubles: Peyton Ritchie and Genji Nozaki.

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