English National Championships 2010

   

Andrew Baggaley, Britain's leading Table Tennis medal winner of all time at the Commonwealth Games, won his third English Men's Singles National title at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield from 5th - 7th March 2010 defeating Liam Pitchford 4-3 in the final.

 

Andrew from Milton Keynes, himself a former teenage winner of the title in 2002, came from 3-1 behind to storm to victory in the most exciting final seen for many years and lift the most prestigious trophy in the English game. Ponds Forge arena in Sheffield

 

Andrew commented shortly after the match...
 
"It was always my ambition to win the English title when I first started to play Table Tennis but I am absolutely ecstatic and emotionally drained after coming back in that fashion and winning the title for a third time.

It has been a difficult season as I have suffered with a knee injury for 3 months and I have not been able to put in the practice or physical training and was only injury free from January! I knew if I could get in at least one month uninterrupted training I was very confident I could win.
During August and September (2009) I was playing the best Table Tennis of my career and genuinely believe I can beat anybody in the world in that form on my day."

Three times champion!

 

"I was up until 1.30am trying to stick my rubbers on the Saturday night before the 10.30am Quarter Final on Sunday as my rubbers 'split' in the Last 16 match with Kevin Dolder on Saturday evening. I was forced to play a passive game in this match as the 'split' rubbers kept making the ball travel downwards. My second racquet was deemed slightly too thick and therefore I was forced to play with my 'old' third bat from the Quarter final onwards which I had not played with since Christmas! I had already asked one player if I could use their bat in an emergency!"

 

 Quarter final against Chris Doran

 

"I don't think I have been that happy and emotional directly after winning a singles title and I must congratulate Liam on playing a truly great match and for having an amazing tournament!"

 

"A really big thank you to my team, my sponsors, my family and particularly to the public for playing its part in making it a great atmosphere in the final."
Andrew Baggaley vs Liam Pitchford in the final

 

 

Andy holding the Senior Men's trophy

 

 

Andrew went on to say...
 
"My ambition this year is to compete successfully in the Commonwealth Games in India and to be part of the British Team at the London 2012 Olympics as I am always honoured to represent our country and believe I will win medals at the highest level.
Stephen and myself are, as always, happy to let the English or British Coach be in my corner during international matches and hope to begin discussions with the ETTA and BTTF as soon as possible to ensure the best possible solution is found.
"


 

Final

 

BAGGALEY - PITCHFORD

  4-3  

11-5

7-11

7-11

10-12

11-5

11-6

11-8

 

Semi-final  

 

A. BAGGALEY - G. EVANS

  4-2  

7-11

11-8

3-11

11-8

11-6

11-8

 

 

Quarter-final

 

Andrew BAGGALEY - Chris DORAN

  4-0  

11-5

11-7

11-5

11-8

 

 

 

 

Last 16

 

Andrew BAGGALEY - Kevin DOLDER

  4-1  

11-8

8-11

11-1

11-2

11-7

 

 

 

Last 32

 

Andrew BAGGALEY - Richard MARSHALL

  4-0  

11-3

11-2

11-4

11-8

 

 

 

Where is Andy?

Coaching

Stephen Baggaley


 

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