Violet-Lily Marquis and Dimitar Dimitrov became double national singles champions on day two of the Mark Bates Ltd U10-13 National Championships.

They won their respective Under-12 titles to add to their victories yesterday in the Under-13 and Under-11 age groups respectively.

Saisuriya Prasanna Kumar won the Under-10 Boys’ Singles and Cindy Xiao was the corresponding champion in the round-robin Girls’ Singles.

In the Under-12 doubles, Hannah Saunders & Amber Lemmon came out on top in the girls’ event and Sinan Surensoy & Zaid Aldilimi won the boys’ category.

Photos by Michael Loveder

Under-12 Girls’ Singles

Violet-Lily Marquis

Violet-Lily Marquis became a double national champion as she added the Under-12 title to the Under-13s she won yesterday.

The second seed beat top seed Hannah Saunders 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9) in the final.

In the semi-finals, Amber Lemmon, the Under-11 champion, was beaten 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 by Marquis, the Under-13 champion. Saunders overcame Assil Sarri 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

All the quarter-finals were also decided in three. Saunders beat Serene Rahmani Walentynska 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 and Sarri defeated Grace Liu 11-9, 11-7, 11-5).

In the bottom half, it was 3, 6, 8 for Lemmon over Ruby Gandi Bamidele and 5, 7, 9 for Marquis against her doubles partner, Maisha Patel.

Group stage

Assil Sarri

Assil Sarri defeated the higher-ranked Maisha Patel as the top two swapped places in Group 4.

The match between the two finished 3-1 (12-14, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8) to Sarri, who earlier had to dig in to defeat Kiana Lam Nga Yeung 3-2 (9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4).

There were a couple of other fine matches – Yeung was on the wrong side of another 3-2 scoreline as Nyasha Roberts prevailed 3-2 (11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3), while Samantha Jameson won 3-2 (9-11, 13-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8) against Ayah Ahmed Amin.

The Under-13 and Under-11 champions went through with ease. The U13 gold medallist Violet-Lily Marquis, seeded No 2 in this age group, won Group 2 easily enough, though she did drop the first game to Grace Liu, who also reached the knockouts as group runner-up.

Naomi Adeji and Amelia Rothwell played a close five-game match which Adeji won 3-2 (9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9).

Lemmon won Group 3 without dropping a game, and she was joined in qualifying for the knockouts by one half of the U13 Girls’ Doubles champion pair, Serene Rahmani-Walentynska.

Top seed Hannah Saunders won all four matches 3-0 to top Group 1, and Ruby Gandi Bamidele was the other player to go through.

Under-12 Boys’ Singles

Dimitar Dimitrov celebrates victory

Under-11 champion Dimitar Dimitrov saw a 2-0 lead evaporate as Sinan Surensoy attempted to deny him a double title triumph.

But the top seed held his nerve against the second seed, winning the decider 13-11 as both boys missed a match point. The final score was 3-2 (11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 13-11) in Dimitrov’s favour.

The two finalists had contrasting passages through the semi-finals. Surensoy’s was a 3-0 (5, 6, 5) win over third seed Zihan Lin, whereas Dimitrov had to come from 2-1 down to defeat fourth seed Zaid Aldilimi 3-2 (11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7).

The top two seeds got through the quarter-finals in three – Dimitrov against Arjun Anchan (3, 5, 4) and Surensoy against Li Hao Chen – 14-12, 13-11, 11-5.

Aldilimi recovered from losing the first game to Rishaan Sawant, the seventh seed, to come back and win 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4).

And it was four games between two Archway Peterborough club-mates as Zihan Lin beat sixth seed Lewis Wu 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8.

Wu squeaked through 12-10 in the fifth – on his second match points in the last 16 against Malek Shamakh. The only other match at that stage which went beyond three saw Sawant beat Malek’s brother Taha 3-1 (11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5).

Group stage

Suni Desai

Suni Desai rose from fifth to second in Group 2, qualifying behind second seed Sinan Surensoy – and there was quite a story behind it.

He started with an incredible 3-2 (11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 23-21, 11-9) victory over Anirudh Anchan, that fourth game attracting quite a crowd.

Anchan was also unfortunate to lose 3-2 (7-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 15-13) to Harry Hodgson, but he did come out on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline against Samvit Balaji, the second-ranked player – the scoreline was 11-9, 10-12, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6.

Meanwhile, Desai got the better of Hodgson in another 3-2 match (11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4), which decided who qualified – the two finished level, so it was head-to-head record which sent Desai through. Surensoy was not troubled by any of this as he won without dropping a game.

In Group 1, U11 champion Dimitar Dimitrov won at a canter without dropping a game. Third-ranked Ronan Lamont-Tierney defeated second-ranked Christopher Darby 3-0 to join Dimitrov in qualifying – even though he lost 3-2 (9-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-3, 11-9) to Luke Speight. That win over Darby ensured Lamont-Tierney progressed.

Ronan Lamont-Tierney

Countback was needed in Group 5, where the top three all beat each other. Top-ranked Li Hao Chen was defeated by Nikolas Karavas, who won 3-2 (13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6).

Karavas had earlier lost to Arjun Anchan in four (11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 11-7), and Chen then defeated Anchan 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9).

The maths came out in favour of Chen and Anchan, who were the top-ranked duo, leaving No 3 Karavas as the unlucky player to miss out.

Under-13 bronze medallist Lewis Wu won Group 6, which was reduced by two withdrawals. Second place went to second-ranked Mikul Patel, who needed five to overcome Joshua Freeman 3-2 (9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5).

Third seed Zihan Lin dropped only one game in topping Group 3, to runner-up Taha Shamakh as the top two ranked players advanced in the ‘correct’ order.

Henry Flatman picked up a good win against Darsh Gopal in the same group, taking it 3-2 (11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-3).

Group 7 went with seeding as Rishaan Sawant topped the standings ahead of Malek Shamakh – the meeting between the two say Sawant win 3-1 (11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7).

Group 4 also saw the top two progress, Zaid Aldilimi ahead of Mustafa Ibrahim and winning the clash between them in four. Also in the group, Levi Li-Telford and Harrison Warner shared a back-and-forth five-game tie, won 3-2 (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7) bt Li-Telford.

Under-10 Girls’ Singles

Cindy Xiao

Cindy Xiao won the gold without dropping a game in the round-robin group of seven players.

She finished ahead of Bethany Yang in silver and Sakinah Damji in bronze.

It was a player outside the top three who have Xiao her closest match as Isabella Xu pushed her to 11-8, 11-3, 11-5.

Xu ended up in fourth as she was defeated 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) by Yang and 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 12-10) by Damji.

The match between the silver and bronze medallists ended 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-8) to Yang.

The medallists with Table Tennis England Director Ritchie Venner

Under-10 Boys’ Singles

Saisuriya Prasanna Kumar

Saisuriya Prasanna Kumar won the title with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-8) victory over Daniel Pavia in the final.

Kumar had battled to get the better of Jayden Chen in the semi-finals, finally prevailing in a see-saw match 3-2 (11-5, 9-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8).

The other bronze medallist was Lev Sahmurov, who was defeated 3-1 (11-6, 2-11, 11-8, 11-2) by Pavia.

Kumar’s was the only quarter-final to be decided in three as he beat Oliver Glowacki 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.

Chen overcame Thomas Ellis 3-1 (11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7), Sahmurov beat Yusuf Jamaluddin 3-1 (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6) and it was four as well as Pavia ended the hopes of Lusio Wen 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5.

Group highlights

Saisuriya Prasanna Kumar won Group 1 without dropping a game and was joined in the knockouts by Yusuf Jamaluddin, who won three matches in a group which had only five players, due to a withdrawal.

Lusio Wen won Group 2 thanks to a 3-0 (6, 5, 9) win over Jayden Chen as both went through to the quarter-finals. In the same group, there was a fine 3-2 (12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4) win for Pranav Panchamukhi over Benjamin Whitby-Smith, but Whitby-Smith in turn defeated Chen 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 12-14, 3-11, 11-8).

Lusio Wen

In Group 3, Lev Sahmurov overcame Oliver Glowacki in four games to qualify in top spot ahead of Glowacki. Thomas Nguyen enjoyed a good 3-2 (11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7) success against Oliver Willis.

Thomas Ellis and Daniel Pavia were the top two in Group 4, where three matches went the distance, including Dominik Niedzielak’s remarkable 3-2 (7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4, 20-18) win over Oscar Jones.

Luis Archard overcame Jones 3-2 (12-14, 4-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9), while Niedzielak won another in a decider against Ruolun Li – the score was 3-2 (6-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-3, 11-9) in that one.

Under-12 Boys’ Doubles

Zaid Aldilimi & Sinan Surensoy

It was a close three-set final as the top seeds Sinan Surensoy & Zaid Aldilimi won the title.

They defeated second seeds Zihan Lin & Lewis Wu 3-0 (11-9, 14-12, 11-9) to become national champions.

Lin & Wu had come through an all-Archway Peterborough semi-final against Li Hao Chen & Jayden Chen. It hinged largely on the second, which the winning pair edged 18-16 as they went on to win 3-1 (11-7, 18-16, 10-12, 11-6) – they came from 8-0 down in the third but could not force the victory until the following game.

Surensoy & Aldilimi advanced with a 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-8) victory over the Shamakh brothers, Taha & Malek.

The only quarter-final to go to four saw the Shamakhs defeat Saisuriya Prasanna Kumar & Zacharia Sarri 3-1 (12-10, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7).

Surensoy & Aldilimi beat the Arjun & Anirudh Anchan 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-8), and it was 3-0 (3, 6, 0) for Lin & Wu over Jake Duddy & Mikul Patel. Chen & Chen received a walkover due to illness.

In the first round, the Anchan twins survived a fine comeback to beat Luke Speight & Daniel Chai 3-2 (12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-9). All the other matches at that stage were decided in three.

Under-12 Girls’ Doubles

Amber Lemmon & Hannah Saunders

Top seeds prevailed against second seeds as Hannah Saunders & Amber Lemmon defeated Violet-Lily Marquis & Maisha Patel.

It was three straight as the Archway Peterborough duo took the title with an 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 scoreline.

The two semi-finals could not have been much more contrasting. Saunders & Lemmon dispatched Amelia Rothwell & Isabelle Bradley 3-0 (11-2, 11-1, 11-5), whereas Patel & Marquis were taken to five before defeating Serene Rahmani-Walentynska & Assil Sarri 3-2 (7-11, 12-10, 77-1, 11-7, 11-7).

In the quarter-finals, Patel & Marquis were pegged back by Rozlyn Payne & Phoebe O’Brien before winning 3-1 (11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6).

It was four sets as Rothwell & Bradly defeated Cindy Xiao & Isabella Xu 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, while Rahmani-Walentynska & Sarri beat Aeyva Fayaz & Rabani Ahluwalia 3-0 (5, 1, 6).