Teenage table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho wins hat-trick of titles at National Championships

Tin-Tin Ho won three titles at the National Championships. Pic: Alan Man

Tin-Tin Ho won three titles at the National Championships. Pic: Alan Man - Credit: Archant

Paddington’s Tin-Tin Ho won a hat-trick of titles at the PG Mutual National Championships, including her first women’s singles title – and she just missed out on a fourth.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Upbrook Mews and used to attend St Joseph’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, defeated the No1 seed and five-time champion Kelly Sibley for the first time in her career to take the singles title in Hatfield.

She came from behind twice to win 4-2 and add the crown to the women’s doubles and mixed doubles crowns she had won earlier in the day.

“I’m really happy. I always believed I could do it but cannot believe I have actually done it,” said Ho.

“She’s such a strong player. Every time I’ve played her it’s been so tough and I’ve never even beaten her in training. She’s amazing and I really respect her, and I’m pleased I found a way to beat her.”

In the mixed doubles, Ho and partner Sam Walker won for the third successive year, beating David McBeath and Emma Vickers 3-0.

They had faced elimination in the semi-finals, saving three match points against Chris Doran and Hannah Hicks before winning 3-2.

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Ho said: “It feels good to win it again, for the third year in a row. Sam’s a great doubles partner. The semi-final was really tough but we got it at the crucial point and took our chance.”

Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos also won the women’s doubles competition again by defeating Karina Le Fevre and Emma Vickers, with Ho reflecting: “It’s always good to retain a title and always good to win with Maria. It sets us up well for the international scene.”

There had been drama when Ho and Tsapatinos met in the final of the Under-21 women’s singles the day before.

Both players had a match point – Ho in the fifth game – before Tsaptsinos fell heavily diving for a return at 10-10 in the deciding game.

It resulted in a 10-minute medical timeout before Tsaptsinos, having lost that point, took the next three to win 13-11 and 4-3 overall.

Ho said: “It’s difficult if you see someone get hurt but you could say I shouldn’t have let it affect me that much. It was a really good match.”