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Surrey Table Tennis Association News November 2023

Published on: 20 Nov, 2023
Updated on: 19 Nov, 2023

Report by Chris Andrews

There was a great atmosphere at the first day of the Surrey Closed competition. 

Aldora Li.

The under-21 women’s event had eight very talented players playing.  It was number one and number two seeds Aldora Li (New Malden) and Olivia Mak who reached the final, which Aldora won 3-1(11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10).

In the under 21 women’s consolation Akshita Subramanium beat Jazzelle Ting 3-0.

In the under-21 men’s singles at the semi-final stage number one Seed Henry Maric-Murray (South Croydon) beat Sebastian Mak and third seed Ollie Maric-Murray (South Croydon) beat second seed Max Flint (Merrow). 

The final was a real humdinger with the brothers having played each other many times before the lead swung one way and then the other until Ollie won 3-2 (11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8). 

Cassius Collet (New Malden) beat Waleed Islam (Rosehill) in the under-21 men’s consolation event.

The men’s singles really lit up at the semi-final stage with Adam Laws just beating Ollie Maric-Murray 3-2 (11-6, 15-13, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10).

The other semi-final also went the distance and number one seed Henry Maric-Murray beat Max Flint 3-2. 

On to the final and number two seed Adam Laws had been there before seen it and done it whereas Henry Maric-Murray arguably had not. 

Again the second set was crucial but this time Adam didn’t take it and lost 3-1 (7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5). 

Daniel Heo (Burymead) beat Cassius Collet in the open singles men’s consolation final.

In the semi-finals of the women’s singles Aldora Li again beat Olivia Mak this time 3-2. 

In the final the number one seed Aldora beat the second seed Chaoba Thounaojam 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10). 

Jazzelle Ting beat Sophie Lee in the women’s singles consolation final. 

Goran Maric and Adam Laws.

The open doubles was an entertaining final as Adam Laws (Godalming) and Max Flint beat Ollie Maric-Murray and Goran Maric 3-2 (7-11, 5-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-4).

On the second day of the Surrey Closed last year’s winner of the women over 40s Carmen Vajdi (New Malden) was again too strong for the round robin field and won the title with Diane McLellan (Ashford) runner-up.

In the semi-final of the men’s over 60s, number one seed Samson Bekele beat the reigning champion Steve Davis (Merrow) and Michael Silver (Ashford) beat Percy Collino. 

Samson Buckle and Michael Silver.

Michael Silver a runner-up in the men’s over 60s a number of times beat Samson Bekele in the final 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 14-16, 6-11, 13-11). 

Dave Halfpenny (Merrow) beat Stuart Vincent in the over 60s consolation event.

Sue Raymond and Vadji Carmen.

In the weomen’s over 60s event Carmen Vadji just keeps on winning, this time 3-1 against Sue Raymond (New Malden).

The semi-finals of the over 40s men’s event saw Daniel Heo’s good run come to an end as he was beaten by Adam Laws. 

Goran Maric beat Percy Collino 3-2 (7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8) in the other semi-final.

In the final Adam beat Goran 3 straight, taking back the trophy he lost last year due to illness. 

Jeremy Wu beat Pawel Meryn (New Malden) in the over 40s men’s consolation event.

Adam Laws teamed up with Goran Maric in the doubles and they beat Stuart Vincent and Chris Pullinger (Abinger) in the first semi-final, while Daniel Heo and Pawel Meryn beat second seeds Michael Silver and Samson Bekele in the other semi-final.

In the final Adam and Goran beat Daniel and Pawel 3-0.

The tournament was well run by Adam Laws.

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