Table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho wins hat-trick of medals at senior national championships
PUBLISHED: 16:15 04 March 2015
Paddington table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho took three titles at the senior national championships and narrowly missed out on a fourth.
The 16-year-old, who lives in Upbrook Mews and attended St Joseph’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, won the mixed doubles, women’s doubles and Under-21 women’s singles titles but lost in the final of the senior women’s singles.
That defeat was a narrow one as Ho came back from 2-0 down to level against the top seed Kelly Sibley but she ultimately went down 4-2 (14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) as Sibley took her fifth title.
Ho also battled back twice in the mixed doubles final alongside her partner Sam Walker – and this time there was a happy ending.
The pair were 1-0 and then 5-1 down in one of the early sets against Danny Reed and Sibley but took a useful timeout with coach Howard Knott and came back to win 11-8.
The third set was an even fight but the champions kept their noses in front to take it 11-9 – and although Reed and Sibley motored into an 8-1 and then 10-2 lead in the fourth, Walker and Ho reeled off 10 points to take it 12-10.
Ho said: “Howard just said we had to do something different and find a way to get back into it – just try anything we hadn’t tried. We both just relaxed and played and started to dominate more.”
In the women’s doubles final, Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos beat Karina Le Fevre and Emma Vickers 3-1 (11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8).
The victors then went head to head in the Under-21 final, and Ho won 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-9) against Tsaptsinos, gaining revenge for her defeat in last year’s final and in November’s junior nationals.
Ho added: “I was extra motivated after losing to Maria last year and at the juniors. I think this time I relaxed a bit and tried to play my game and not worry about anything else. I felt quite stable, I didn’t miss much and had more control.
“Overall, I’m quite happy. It would have been nice to win the women’s singles but Kelly is really strong. I feel I have a few things to work on and I need to be more clever in the way I play.”
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