As some of you are aware, I play table tennis outside of school, and have done since I was a teenager. On Sunday 13th January, I took part in the Warwickshire Senior County Table Tennis Championships. I was the defending champion from 2018, so there was a little extra pressure to try and retain my titles!
The women’s doubles was the first event I played, and with a smaller than normal entry, my partner Livvy Fletcher from Leamington Spa and I won the title without dropping a set.
In the mixed doubles, I played alongside my local league team member Paul Lenormand. We had a relatively straightforward route to the final. In the final, Paul and I won 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 against Livvy and her partner Sam Wiggins. This was Paul’s first County title, and was closely followed up by him winning the men’s singles later in the day.
The women’s singles was my final event of the day, and in lots of way, the most important event for me. I won my first three matches without dropping a set, which was then followed by the deciding match against my doubles partner Livvy. She is continually improving, and sometimes this makes me a little more nervous than I like to be. I won the first two sets 11-7, 11-9. In the 3rd set I was 5-9 down and fought back to 10-10 only to lose out 11-13. The fourth set was nip and tuck throughout but I managed to win the set 11-8, and therefore the match 3-1.
This was my 8th county singles title in the last nine years; along with my 7th women’s doubles, and 8th mixed doubles title. It is an achievement that I can always look back on with an element of pride. I am looking forward to participating in the Senior National Championships in March, which is going to be a huge step up!
Miss K Hughes