Maiden Grand Prix Title for Abbie

20 year old Abbie Milwain has won her first ever Senior Grand Prix Women’s Singles title taking victory at the recent Liverpool Grand Prix. 

Abbie, a physiotherapy student at Keele University had prepared well for the season’s first Grand Prix event but started a bit shakily in the early group matches but managed to progress to the knockout stages.

Abbie, seeded No.3 then received a bye in the last 16 and face a tricky opponent in former Burton Uxbridge teammate – Sophie Neil where Abbie squeezed through the first end 12-10 but then won the next two games 11-7, 11-7 to run out a 3-0 winner. The semi-final saw Abbie face Welsh star Nicole Hall who had previously knocked out the No. 2 seed but again Abbie ran out a comfortable 3-0 winner (11-9, 11-8, 11-7)

This set up a final against another emerging welsh star Megan Phillips who has dispatched the No. 1 seed – Karina Le Fevre in her semi-final clash.

The final saw Abbie take the first end 11-5 but the awkward style of Phillips saw her win the second end 11-6 but the Draycott star stormed back to win the 3rd and 4th ends 11-4, 11-3 to take the Women’s singles title.

Abbie learnt to play table tennis at Draycott between the ages of 9-14 before moving to play at the Burton Uxbridge Club but Abbie has now returned back to Draycott for the 2014-2015 season.

Top Draycott Junior player – Amy Humphreys (currently ranked England No.10) also played in the event and achieved some notable results reaching the semi-final of both the U/21 event women’s singles and the Women’s Band 3 event

Amy & Abbie Liverpool GP 2014

                                             Abbie Milwain offers advice to Amy Humphreys during her matches at the Liverpool Grand Prix

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