TABLE TENNIS: Grace stars in Grantham club’s open tournament

Grace Potter receives her award from Cliffedale Chandlers chairman Darran Leete.
Grace Potter receives her award from Cliffedale Chandlers chairman Darran Leete.

Cliffedale Chandlers Table Tennis Club’s first Junior Open Four Star competition was held at The Meres leisure centre last weekend and was a great success.

The event was exceptionally well attended with more than 220 players competing over the weekend. There were 13 events across the two days.

The standard of play was of a very high standard and the best local performance was by Cliffedale Chandler player Grace Potter who won the girls’ Cadet Band One singles section.

Her hard work pre-season paid dividends as she played her best table tennis to overcome very strong opposition and take the title. She showed her intent with an all-out attacking display in the quarter-finals, defeating Shristi Ghosti 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, and continued in the same manner against Charlie Uy in her semi-final winning 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

Grace then faced the very experienced Stephanie Cross in a fiercely contested final which went to five sets before Grace triumphed 11-6, 12-14, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, with an amazing display of controlled attack and defence.

Another Cliffedale Chandler player, Alex Robinson, was runner-up in the girls Cadet Band Two singles, narrowly losing to Danielle Kelly in the final.