Dodds bids for fourth successive win in Sheffield Closed table tennis championships

Matt Dodds on his way to victory in last year's Sheffield Closed Championship
Matt Dodds on his way to victory in last year's Sheffield Closed Championship
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Matt Dodds bids to become only the third player to win the open singles title for a fourth consecutive year, at the 77th Sheffield closed table tennis championships at the English Institute for Sport on Sunday.

David Rayner (Saint Albion) achieved the feat in 1977 and Stephen Horsfield (Stocksbridge) replicated it in 2009.

As defending title holder, Dodds has been allotted the top seeded position in what is possibly the strongest open singles entry in many years.

Four former champions are seeded in positions two to five - Matt Kenny, Richard Lightowler, Mark Short and Stephen Horsfield.

Two-time winner Andrew Horsfied takes the ninth berth, while the 1983 champion Ian Denton is seeded 13th.

Over 100 competitors will take part in the competition which begins at 8:30am. Entrants are advised to register early on the day with the organisers, as a prompt start will be made and late comers will be eliminated.

* Full report and pictures in Grass Roots on January 16. Read Rob Loxley’s table tennis column every week in Grass Roots.