Thakker shows grit

TA­BLE TEN­NIS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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

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