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