Tom Jarvis continues his impressive year of table tennis after winning the Mark Bates Ltd National Championships in March with a second place finish in the WTT Feeder Fremont event in the USA.
Jarvis took on Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa in the semi-finals last night with a thrilling 4-3 victory, coming from 3-1 down and saving two match points in the last game.
Oikawa is ranked at 234 but was ranked as high as 85 recently before losing a batch of ranking points.
The young English athlete was then pitted against Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka (WR 88) in the final. Jarvis levelled the final three times before losing 4-3 (8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11, 2-11, 9-11, 3-11).
David McBeath went out in the first round of the singles to Italy’s Jordy Piccolin, ranked 32 places higher than him at No 374.
In the doubles, Jarvis & McBeath got through the first qualifying round against an American pair, but were then defeated by a pair from Chinese Taipei featuring world No 25 Chuang Chih-Yuan & Kao Cheng-Jui.