Results Cheltenham Senior Closed 2015-16

CTTA SENIOR CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015-16

This year the tournament, with a pleasing increase in entry, was again held at the YMCA, Cheltenham TTC’s venue, on Sunday 20th March. What follows is a brief report and the results of each event.

OPEN SINGLES

This event produced two very high quality semi-finals, with first Sasha Grokhotov beating Li Wei (who had deposed current holder Luke Moffat in the quarter-finals) in 4 close games and then Dave Harvey beating Svilen Andreev, also in 4 close games. The final produced another outstanding match, which eventually saw Sasha lift the title after five compelling and absorbing games.

Semi-finals

Sasha Grokhotov beat Li Wei 11-8 11-7 5-11 11-9

Dave Harvey beat Svilen Andreev 11-8 11-7 10-12 11-9

Final

Sasha Grokhotov beat Dave Harvey 11-4 5-11 11-8 11-13 11-5

OPEN DOUBLES

The final was predictably contested between the top two seeds, who had both reached this stage relatively untroubled.

Final

Svilen Andreev & Sasha Grokhotov beat Dave Harvey & Luke Moffat 11-4 11-3 11-13 11-9

LADIES SINGLES

After a short absence, it was satisfying to be able to run this event again. And after a longer absence, it was even more satisfying to see Stella Honey return to Cheltenham and to table tennis and capture the Ladies title fairly comfortably. The closest match was that to determine the runner-up and saw Cathy Hipkiss beat Julie Taylor 12-10 in the 5th.

MINOR SINGLES

There was the usual strong entry for this event, where last year’s finalists were beaten in the semi-finals by this year’s top seeds. The final went the distance, with Andrew Taylor prevailing, holding off a spirited fight back by Stella Honey.

Semi-finals

Andrew Taylor beat Keith Ferguson 4-11 11-7 11-8 11-9

Stella Honey beat Chris White 7-11 11-3 8-11 11-6 11-8

Final

Andrew Taylor beat Stella Honey 11-9 11-9 5-11 8-11 11-9

MINOR DOUBLES

A double for Andrew Taylor who, with Keith Ferguson, proved too strong for the ladies pairing of Stella Honey and Julie Taylor.

Final

Keith Ferguson & Andrew Taylor beat Stella Honey & Julie Taylor 11-6 14-12 11-2

SENIOR SINGLES

This was the 2nd holding of the event for the 18 and under 40 age group. Although the entry, as expected, was not as high as the entries for the Veterans and the Masters, it nevertheless produced a high-quality field.

Final

Svilen Andreev beat Sasha Grokhotov 9-11 11-7 11-5 13-11

VETERANS SINGLES

This was a repeat of last year’s final – and with the same outcome!

Final

Dave Harvey beat Nick Mytton 11-5 11-8 11-5

MASTERS SINGLES

This event was first contested in 1994-95 and was won by Roy Fowler. 21 years later, Roy repeated that success and regained the title.

Final

Roy Fowler beat Doug Payne 11-6 11-5 9-11 11-6

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP SINGLES

Final

Jon Gaskell beat Li Wei 11-8 11-4 8-11 11-3

DIVISION 2 HANDICAP SINGLES

Final

Tony Iles beat Irek Nawiesniak 11-6 11-4 10-12 11-7

DIVISION 3 HANDICAP SINGLES

Final

Peter Sanderson beat Scott Johnston 11-6 7-11 13-11 7-11 11-9

Finally, the CTTA would like to express its thanks to all those involved in the organisation and running of the tournament, both before and on the day – to the YMCA for the venue, to the volunteer umpires and, not least, to the players themselves.

We hope to see you all at the Presentation and Quiz Evening on Thursday 14th April.

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