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Bitter-Sweet Weekend for Denise

The Junior-Cadet National Championships took place over the weekend of 30th Apr. and 1st May in Huddersfield.

Day 1 Saturday –

Junior Girls Singles.
The first surprise of the weekend was Ellenborough’s Denise Payet seeded 3 in the Junior Girls singles did not make it out of group 3 and into the main draw. Charlotte Bardsley(St) and Beth Farnworth(La) were winner and runner-up respectively in group 3. The competition was comfortably won by no.1 seed Tin Tin Ho(Mx) beating Mollie Patterson(Nk) in the final.

Junior Girls Doubles.
Denise partnered by her friend and usual doubles partner Kate Cheer(Sx) beat Letitia McMullan(Ha) and Amy Blagbrough(Ha) 3-1. They then beat Beth Farnworth(La) and Amy Hutchings(La) in the Semi-final.

In the final Tin-Tin Ho(Mi) & Emily Bolton(La) were just too strong for Denise and Kate winning 3-0, (11-2,11-4,11-6).

Junior Mixed Doubles.
In the Mixed, Denise was partnered by James Smith(K), won their first round match 3-0, then lost to no. 1 seeds & eventual winners Tin Tin Ho(Mx) & Tom Jarvis (Li) 3-0, (11-6,13-11,11-9).

Day 2 Sunday –

Cadet Girls Doubles.
The day started badly for Denise and her new cadet partner Sophie Barlow(Cv), seeded to get to the final and in Denise’s case retain the title albeit with a new partner. Denise and Sophie lost to beaten finalists Hannah Ward(Ng) and Darcie Proud(Li) 2-3 after leading 2-0. Eventual winners were Mollie Patterson(Nk) and Gauri Duhan(Y) 3-0 (11-7,11-8,11-2)

Also in the Cadet events was Ellenborough’s Amelia Chan. With her partner Katie Holt(Ha) they beat Megan Gidney(La) & Alice Dillon(La) 3-1, but went out at the semi-final stage to the competition winners 3-1 (11-7,12-10,6-11,11-7).

Cadet Girls Singles.
Amelia came second in her group and played Mollie Patterson(Nk) in the first round proper, unfortunately going down 4-1.

Denise was attempting to hold on to her title and was no.1 seed for the event, this in her last year as a cadet. She was a comfortable winner of her group beating the other three girls Tiana Dennison(E), Bhavika Mistry(Np) & Danielle Kelly(Sy).

In round 1 of the main draw Denise beat her doubles partner Sophie Barlow(Cv) 4-1 and then Mollie Patterson(Nk) 4-1 in the semi-final.

In the final Denise had to play Charlotte Bardsley(St) who had already put her out of the junior singles at the group stage. It started well for Denise winning the first game, Charlotte bounced back winning the second and third games to lead 2-1. It was now Denise’s turn to bounce back taking the next three sets, winning 4-2 in a very hard fought match to retain her title for the second year running.

“It’s good to win in my last year of Under-15s; I wanted to get the job done,” said Payet.

“Yesterday was tough. I was disappointed because I didn’t show what I can do and I wanted to show everyone – and myself – what I can do today. I’m proud that I did.

“We train every day to achieve things like this.”

Bardsley said: “I thought it was quite close but Denise played really well. Maybe I can win it next year.”

Girls Cadet Presentation

Table Tennis England Report Day 1
Table Tennis England Report Day 2
Enfield Advertiser Article
Enfield Independent Article

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