Tin-Tin Ho has to settle for silver after defeat against her nemesis at Junior Masters

Tin-Tin Ho (left) with her silver medal. Pic: Michael Loveder

Tin-Tin Ho (left) with her silver medal. Pic: Michael Loveder - Credit: Archant

Table tennis ace Tin-Tin Ho was again beaten by her nemesis Maria Tsaptsinos and had to settle for the silver medal at the Junior Masters.

The Paddington teenager, who lives in Upbrook Mews, was beaten by Tsaptsinos in the Junior National Championship final in November, and history repeated itself in the event at Harlow at the weekend.

The event is for the elite players in England, with competitors qualifying primarily by virtue of their national rankings. The 12 players meet each other once in a round-robin format.

Ho was the defending champion and No1 seed, while Tsaptsinos was seeded No2, and they dominated the tournament, each winning their first 10 matches without dropping a set.

They met in a winner-takes-all clash and Tsaptsinos took a two-set lead (11-9, 11-6) before coming from 10-6 down in the third to win it 13-11 on her second match point.


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Commonwealth Games mixed doubles silver medallist Ho, 16, said: “I wasn’t very happy with my last match, and disappointed with the way I played. I just needed to change tactically and a bit mentally when I played Maria. She changed her tactics a bit and I didn’t adapt.

“There are a lot of things to work on but hopefully I can learn from it and do better in the future.”

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