Paul and Kelly keep their titles

Kelly Sibley in action in the Mixed doubles final during day two of the ETTA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Photo credit should read: Steve Parkin/PA Wire
Kelly Sibley in action in the Mixed doubles final during day two of the ETTA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Photo credit should read: Steve Parkin/PA Wire
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Paul Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley retained their respective men’s and women’s singles titles at the 2012 English National Table Tennis Championships held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Drinkhall, now a four-times winner of the singles, successfully defended his title against the current English Number One, Liam Pitchford from Derbyshire.

Drinkhall, 22, won 4-1 (7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3) against the 18-year-old who had previously beaten fellow Olympic hopefuls Andrew Baggaley (4-1) and Daniel Reed (4-0) in the earlier rounds.

Drinkhall and Pitchford will now look forward to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Luxembourg (April 11-15) where they will be joined by Andrew Baggaley in their pursuit of an Olympic place.

Sibley won her third women’s singles title to cap off a brilliant weekend for the girl from Leamington Spa who also won the women’s and mixed doubles to complete a perfect hat-trick.

Sibley beat her main rival, Joanna Parker, 4-1 in an absorbing match of attack versus defence as Sibley’s all-conquering powerplay eventually overcoming Parker’s defensive consistency.

The English number two won 4-1 (11-6, 3-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5).

The women’s under-21s was won by Emma Vickers against Hannah Hicks.