Thakker shows grit
FINALISTS: Thakker DENHAM table tennis starlet Shae Thakker overcame the odds to be crowned junior singles champion at his club, Cippenham.
He and Cippenham’s other most promising young talent, Ben Naylor-Smith, slugged it out in the final, and when Naylor-Smith took the first two games it seemed as if the title was going to the number one seed.
However, Thakker was not about to give up on the chance of the title in a hurry, hitting back in the third game, then winning the fourth as well to set up for an exciting decider.
With Thakker growing in consistency throughout, he clinched the match 5-11, 6-11, 11-4. 11-5, 11-8.
Neither player had been made to work too hard to get to the final, each winning their preliminary stage group in a canter.
However, Thakker did wobble slightly in his semi-final when the fast-improving William Fricker took the third game while, in the other half of the draw, Amandeep Dhak was no match for Naylor-Smith.
Ben Naylor-Smith (left) and Shae