Table Tennis: Sarah Menghistab left to rue what might have been despite taking bronze at Junior National Cup
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 June 2018
Kilburn star finished on podium, but feels she could have done even better
Kilburn’s Sarah Menghistab was left reflecting on missed opportunities as she had to settle for the bronze medal at the Junior National Cup.
The event sees 10 of the highest-ranked young players in the country invited by Table Tennis England to compete against each other on a round-robin basis.
Menghistab was seeded third and, despite losing a prolonged first match 4-2 to the fifth-ranked player Katie Holt, the Kilburn star kept herself in medal contention by winning her next five matches.
Menghistab faced second seed Megan Gidney in the seventh round and at 3-1 and 7-5 up, it looked good for Menghistab.
Gidney fought her way back, but Menghistab had a match point at 10-9 up in the deciding game, only to see it slip by.
She then served off the table at 11-10 down to present victory to Gidney 4-3.
Menghistab also had a match point in a deciding seventh set against top seed Mollie Patterson, only to end up losing that match 4-3.
She did, however, make sure of bronze by beating fourth seed Tiana Dennison in yet another decider in the final round, winning it 4-3.
Despite the medal which her seeding suggested she should win, Menghistab said: “I’m not really happy – I always get what I’m meant to, but I wanted to do better.
“I lost to both Mollie and Megan in the seventh, so it was close, but I missed my serve against Megan and I missed a smash against both of them – one or two points could have changed things.”