Paddington's Tin Tin Ho wins three national table tennis titles
PUBLISHED: 13:26 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 07 March 2017
Tin-Tin Ho came close to securing a clean sweep of national table tennis titles after winning three of the four available at the PG Mutual National Championships.
The 18-year-old from Paddington successfully defended the women’s singles title she won for the first time last year, and added the women’s doubles and U21 singles.
Only the mixed doubles eluded her as she was forced to settle for silver in Nottingham.
The former St Joseph’s Catholic School in Maida Vale pupil defeated doubles partner Maria Tsaptsinos for the U21 title, a repeat of last year’s final which she lost in a deciding set.
This time it was more straightforward as she won 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8.
“It means a lot after last year,” said Ho. “Anyone who loses in a final the year before will want to win it the next time.
“I felt I played a bit smarter this year compared to last. Every National title means a lot to me but I’m happy with this one because of the way I played.
“I was calmer and less stressed and that’s an important part of my game going forward. I’ve been working on my mentality.”
It put her in good heart for Sunday’s play, where she featured in three finals.
The first ended in defeat in the mixed doubles as she and Sam Walker, the defending champions, were beaten by the gold medalists from the 2014 Commonwealth Games Paul & Jo Drinkhall in straights sets.
But she and Tsaptsinos then retained their women’s doubles title, seeing off Jo Drinkhall & Kelly Sibley 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.
And it ended in style with a 4-1 win over top seed Sibley in the women’s singles final, edging some close games and then pulling away to win 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4.
“The singles final against Kelly was really tough so it was very good for me to win that,” added Ho.
“The tournament has been really good and it’s always fun to see everyone, so I’m very happy.”