Baig claims gold at PG Mutual U10-13 National Table Tennis Championships

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 June 2018

Maliha Baig (pic: Michael Loveder)

Maliha Baig (pic: Michael Loveder)

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Warren Junior School student won the under-11 girls’ singles title

Chadwell Heath’s Maliha Baig has become a national champion at the age of just10.

The Warren Junior School pupil won the Under-11 Girls’ Singles title at the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships without dropping a set.

The top seed for the event, Baig won her group and then made her way through the knockout rounds to take her place in the final against Bethany Ellis, last year’s Under-10 champion.

And Baig took the title with a straightforward 3-0 success.

“I feel happy because the last time I played her she beat me 3-2,” said Baig.

“I’ve been training five times a week and I was hoping to win the gold, but I was a bit nervous at the beginning.”

Baig also picked up a bronze medal for reaching the semi-finals of the Under-12 Girls’ Singles at the tournament in Wolverhampton.

Up against top seed and eventual champion Anna Green, she staged a fantastic comeback from 2-0 down, only to be defeated in the deciding fifth set.

The final scoreline was 3-2 in Green’s favour.

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