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Maria successfully defends her national title

Maria Tsaptsinos, one of our youngest sponsored players has successfully defended her national junior title beating number one seed Tin-Tin Ho in a five set thriller.

The expected final between top seeds Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos duly materialised and lived up to all expectations.

It was the defending champion who was quickest out of the blocks as she took the first 11-6, only for Ho to hit back 11-7

The pattern of one player dominating alternate games intensified as the champion hit the front again with an 11-5 scoreline, followed by Ho again levelling, this time 11-3.

But there was no suggestion of the momentum building in favour of Ho as the start of the fifth was cagey, with the players locked at 4-4. Tsaptsinos swapped ends 5-4 to the good at the start of a run of four points which proved crucial.

It gave Tsatpsinos the buffer to eke out the three points she needed to retain her title.

Tsaptsinos said: "I didn’t think I was on form at all until the final – I thought Tin-Tin was going to wallop me.

"But for some reason when I get into a final, sub-consciously something changes and I start playing table tennis.

It’s much better (than last year) because it’s my last year and it’s nice to finish on a high."

Maria also claimed the junior girls doubles title with Tin-Tin Ho and was runner up in the mixed junior doubles with her partner Danny Lawrence.

TT365 director Chris Dangerfield said: "We are delighted for Maria, she's a bright star for the future and a pleasure to work with and support."

Excerpts of article taken from the Table Tennis England website here

Heritage Open 4th & 5th & 6th & 7th July

The Tournament is being organised by Sussex County Table Tennis Association and they are very proud that such a World class field have chosen to play in their county and give the opportunity for the Table Tennis community and general public to view their amazing skills for FREE. Please come along and support the players in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

The event is being held at K2, Crawley on the 4th, 5th & 6th July and then the semi-finals and Finals will be played at BT Sport studio on Monday 7th July 2014 to be broadcast on BT Sport on Saturday 12th July 21:00-23:00.

Please make every effort to attend what will be a spectacular event at K2 Crawley and to view the TV transmission. It is critical that the TV transmission is as successful as it can possibly be.

Confirmed competitiors include:
Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Adam Pattantyus, Abdel-Kader Salifou, Jakub Kosowski, Niagol Stoyanov, Andrew Baggaley, Danny Reed, Thomas Le Breton, Darius Knight, Filip Szymanski, Ryan Jenkins :: Fangxian Yi, Petra Lovas, Galia Dvorak, Joanna Drinkhall, Kelly Sibley, Agnes Le Lannic, Alice Abbat, Hannah HIcks, Tin Tin Ho, Karina Le Fevre, Charlotte Carey and Sarah Berge.

Paul & Jo Drinkhall's date with BT Sport

On Saturday 11th April, Paul & Joanna Drinkhall met with Tim Lovejoy and Graeme Swann, the TV presenters at BT Sport Panel show to promote Table Tennis. The couple who married last year were quizzed about their relationship and England's chances at the uncoming Commonwealth Games this summer. They also showed off their skills on the table before being joined by the preenters for a quick game of doubles.

In the 6 minute interview BT Sport showed a few clips of Paul’s amazing victory in the Spanish World Pro Tour where he became the first Englishman to win such an event for 18 years.

After a shaky start against young French star Can Akkuzu where Paul found himself 3-2 in games and 8-4 in points down managed to turn that match around to win 11-6 in the 7th, he went on to beat Mattias Karlsson of Sweden and the Niagol Stoyanov of Italy and then destroyed the Czech Republic No.1 Dmitrij Prokopcov (11-2, 11,3, 11-2, 12-10) in some of the best International Table Tennis Paul has ever played.

Paul then took on one of the many talented young Japanese players in the semi-final, Yuto Muramatsu – a defender who played some terrific table tennis but was no match for Paul’s superb offensive play.

In the final he played another young Japanese star- Masataka Morizono. Paul was determined to seize the day and pulled off a historic victory. His performance will almost certainly see him return to the top 100 in the World and highlights his excellent recovery from his injury last year.

Paul will be hoping to take this form to the World Team Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Heritage Oil Open – the latter stages of which will be televised on BT Sport in July. For more information about the Heritage Oil event, please contact Steve Pound on 07710 400451 or email

Heritage Oil Open 2014

After sponsoring last year’s performance of the weekend which was won by David McBeath for his incredible win against 3 times World Pro Tour champion Abdel-Kader Salifou we are delighted to support this year’s tournament which will be held at K2, Crawley on the 5th & 6th July and then semi-finals and finals of the Men’s and Women’s Open events at BT Sport studio , Olympic Park , London on Monday 7th July 2014.

We have been informed by the organisers that the tournament is being used as a warm up by the English and Welsh Associations for the Commonwealth Games and will include all the leading English and Welsh players plus Gavin Rumgay and Paul McCreery against some very high standard European internationals.

The organisers of the event are delighted to announce that BT Sport will be producing a two hour highlights programme to be broadcast via BT Sports at the peak time of 14:00-16:00 on Saturday 12th July 2014. It is very much hoped that this is the start of a relationship that will see more Table Tennis content on our TV screens and it is vital that the Table Tennis community supports this initiative. The coverage will include some content from the early rounds at K2 and will then use 7 cameras in the studio for multiple angles include high resolution slow motion cameras and overhead cameras in a studio environment capturing the content like never before.

For those interested to play there are some limited places still available with 138 entries already received to date. Events still available include Men’s and women’s Open and banded events for all standards. Spectator Tickets will be available at K2, Crawley priced at £8 adults and £4 children under 18.

World Team Champs - Selection

Table Tennis 365 would like to congratulate Kelly Sibley and Hannah Hicks on their inclusion in the England women’s Squad for the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships.

After signing sponsorship deals with us last month, Sibley and Hicks have been named in the squad that will travel to Tokyo as the team go in search of a much desired promotion to the highest division of International Table Tennis.

Sibley, 25, has been an instrumental part of England’s national team for a number of years whilst 22-year old Hicks has recently become a consistent addition to the side. The event, which starts on April 26th, will be the last major competition before the Commonwealth Games in July, an event the duo have aspirations to play in.

Both players have a busy schedule ahead of Glasgow's show-piece. Hicks has entered the Spanish and Luxembourg Open's and both players will be training together regularly in Sheffield, whilst Hannah is also training at the world renowned Schlager Academy. Hicks has been able to increase her playing regime largely thanks to the funding of Table Tennis 365 as we pump money back into the sport.

England’s women’s squad also contains Joanna Drinkhall and Tin-Tin Ho, and will travel to Japan with Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Andrew Baggaley and Sam Walker, who make up the men’s squad.

Table Tennis 365's managing director Chris Dangerfield said "I am delighted that Kelly and Hannah have been selected for the World Table Tennis Team Championships. Both players have represented our country with integrity in the past and their talents deserve to be showcased on the biggest stage. We shall be watching the girls and the teams progress with interest."

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Support for Sibley and Hicks agreed

We are delighted to announce sponsorship deals with Kelly Sibley and Hannah Hicks.

Kelly and Hannah have both agreed deals with Table Tennis 365 as we continue our efforts to support some of our nation’s brightest talents using revenue generated from local leagues and clubs using our software platforms.

Sibley is England's current number 1 Women's player and three time national champion. Meanwhile, Hicks is a former national champion at the Under 21 grade and is currently ranked number 3 in England. Both women are regarded as two of the countries most talented female athletes and both have aspirations to compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Games later this year and in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Our support will benefit the table tennis careers of both players as their preparations for the Commonwealth Games begin to intensify and will allow both players the best possible chance to fulfil their potential on an international level.

Speaking of her deal, Hannah said "I'm so pleased that this opportunity has been made available and I'm so grateful that Table Tennis 365 has provided me with this funding.

"The money will allow me to train more often and enter more competitions globally so I can increase my ranking and recognition internationally ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

"The Commonwealth's are my major goal and this deal will hopefully help me fulfil that dream. The money has come at a perfect time for me because I was reaching a stage in my life where I was going to have to look down other paths for a career, but now I can concentrate on my table tennis."

Kelly and Hannah join Welshman Ryan Jenkins in our growing group of sponsored players.

Chris Dangerfield, Table Tennis 365’s Managing Director said "We hope our support will go some-way towards helping all our sponsored athletes achieve their full potential and we very much look forward to seeing their progress."

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