Twenty year old Liam Pitchford will attempt to retain his men’s singles title at the 55th English Senior National Table Tennis Championships at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield, today, tomorrow and Sunday.
The England number one from Chesterfield has been rewarded for some huge wins in Europe, with a current world ranking of 55. Pitchford’s main challengers should be four time champion Paul Drinkhall the world no 134, and Andy Baggaley seeded third and a three-time winner of the coveted men’s title.
There is further local interest in the quick hands of Worksop’s 18-year old prodigy, Sam Walker who is seeded sixth in the men’s event and holds the Under- 21s title.
Derbyshire’s Emma Vickers and Abbie Milwain will provide additional local focus in the women’s event, as they are seeded sixth and eighth respectively. However they will have a huge task to unseat reigning champion Kelly Sibley and her main rival Joanna Drinkhall who is seeded second.
Stephen Horsfied (Stocksbridge Rugby) will be hoping to take the extra step and improve on the silver medal he won in last year’s veteran’s competition.
Tickets are available on the door with free entry tonight.