Charlotte Bardsley who has still quite some time left in the cadets age category has now reached 6th position in the England Junior rankings published in November. Charlotte spent a lot of the pre-season away from home on training camps in England and Denmark. This has helped her have a real flying start to the season in the Junior competitions.
She represented England Midlands at the Sainsbury school games held in Manchester, helping the Midlands team secure overall team gold. She recorded 100% success rate when playing Junior British League at Derby and was also a finalist at the Stockton Junior 4* event. With some good victories against higher ranking opponents she has risen from 15th to 6th in just 2 months of competition. Charlotte is also ranked 2 in the cadet age category.
All of the recent progression and improvement hasn't gone unnoticed to the England team selectors and Charlotte recently had her first chance to compete for England in an ITTF Junior & Cadet world tour event at the Hungarian Open. Charlotte competed in the cadet age category and being still 13 years old, she therefore faced players up to two years older than her who already had a lot of international experience. The Hungarian Open is one of the largest events on the Junior circuit and attracts top players from all over the world. Charlotte recorded her first ITTF tour win against Serbia in the team event and then had several very close losses which went the distance, just failing to qualify to the main draw. However she gained some really valuable experience and was able to see the playing standard she will need to get to for success at international level.