Kacper Piwowar was a double gold medallist, taking the under-13 singles and doubles alongside Abraham Sellado at the Mark Bates Ltd U11 & U13 National Championships.
Hannah Saunders took the girls’ singles title as the two top seeds also topped the podium.
Alyssa Nguyen & Evie Knaapen were crowned girls’ doubles champions at WV Active Wolverhampton.
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Hannah Saunders lived up to top seeding as she held off a spirited fight by third seed
Nguyen had to recover from losing the first game in her semi-final against second seed Bly Twomey, coming through 3-1 (8-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-5).
It was also four games for Saunders, who defeated unseeded Maisha Patel 3-1 (11-3, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10).
The quarter-finals were all done in three straight with the exception of Nguyen’s match against sixth seed Violet-Lily Marquis, which needed a fourth.
Done in three were Twomey, against seventh seed Catherine Lv, Patel, versus Zoe Gonpot, and Saunders, who beat fifth seed Evie Knaapen.
Back in the last 16, Gonpot recovered from 2-0 down to beat Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska 12-10 in a decider – Gonpot saved two match points into the bargain.
At the same stage, Knaapen had to fight off Cindy Xiao in order to set up the quarter-final with Saunders. It was 3-2 (13-11, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4) to Knaapen.
And Marquis also had to fight off a determined opponent, getting past Inayah Zasella in a decider after her opponent had led 1-0 and 2-1. Marquis took the fourth 12-10 and the decider 11-4.
Fourth seed Amber Lemmon went out in the group stage as she suffered defeats to both Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska and Daphne Beebe in Group 4.
Rahmani-Walentynska went on to win the group with a 100% record, while Beebe went through in second place – she lost only to the group winner.
Eighth seed Inayah Zasella was defeated 3-2 (11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6) by Maisha Patel in her first match, but recovered to win the next three to go through in second place. Patel went on to win the group without dropping another game.
In Group 6, countback was needed to decide second place behind Violet-Lily Marquis, who won all four matches without dropping a game.
Sophie Fletcher, Nour Alamine and Serene Rahmani-Walentynska all won twice apiece, but it was Fletcher who took the verdict after the maths had been worked out.
Rahmani-Walentynska had won two five-game matches, including coming from 2-0 down to beat Fletcher 3-2 (6-11, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6), but missed out on a place in the knockouts.
Alyssa Nguyen won Group 3, as expected, and did not drop a game. Zoe Gonpot was second as she racked up four victories.
Evie Knaapen won Group 5 without dropping a game – as expected by her seeding – and it was Niylah Fernandez who joined her in the knockouts by winning her other three matches.
It was similar in Group 7, where seventh seed Catherine Lv did not drop a game and Lucy Jones won three out of four to also go through.
In Group 2, Bly Twomey went through with a perfect record, and Cindy Xiao was in second having won four out of five.
Group 1 went to top seed Hannah Saunders, as expected, but she was extended by Assil Sarri before winning 3-2 (6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5) – winning the last six points of the match.
Eva Yared was the second qualifier from the group with four victories.
Kacper Piwowar won double gold on the day as he defeated his doubles partner Abraham Sellado in a fifth game.
The top seed had to recover from losing the first game, which he did, and went on to win 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4).
Both semi-finals were done in three games, though seventh seed Theo Kniep threatened to take Piwowar beyond that before he was defeated 11-2, 19-17, 11-8.
For Sellado, it was relatively tight across the match as he defeated third seed Adam Alibhai 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 12-10).
Sellado needed four to get past fourth seed Pablo Ramirez-Rioja in the quarter-finals, and it was four as well for Kniep, against Oscar Nikolli. It was three for Piwowar and Alibhai, against sixth seed Teagan Khazal and eighth seed Ethan Zeng respectively.
Ramirez-Rioja had a close one in the last 16 as Ryan Goodier twice fought back to level. In the end, the fourth seed pulled out a 3-2 (13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5) victory.
Zeng also saw his opponent, Harrison Hill, twice pull back from a game down to force a decider. Zeng prevailed 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3 in the end.
Ryan Goodier won Group 5 as per seeding, though he had to come from 2-0 down to beat Zihan Lin 3-2 (7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8).
Second place had to be decided by countback as Lin, Callem Pace and Chun Yin Ng all won three matches. The maths came out in favour of Ng. Spare a thought for Malek Shamakh, beaten in a fifth game by all three of those athletes involved in the countback.
Fourth seed Pablo Ramirez-Rioja was beaten by fellow Futures Squad member Oskar Nikolli in Group 4. It went to a decider as Nikolli was twice pegged back before winning 3-2 (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8).
Ramirez-Rioja won his other three matches in three straight to seal second place as Nikolli went on to top the group with four wins.
Ethan Zeng won Group 8 as per the seeding – but it was not as smooth as expected as three players finished on four wins apiece – Zeng, Charles Donald and Ibrahim Hussain Hussain.
Zeng came out on top, having shaded his match against Hussain 3-0 (12-10, 12-10, 14-12). Donald beat Zeng 3-1 (11-4, 11-2, 14-16, 11-9), and it was Donald who claimed the second qualifying spot as he lost 3-2 (12-14, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9) to Hussain, who missed out.
In Group 6, sixth seed and last year’s U11 champion Teagan Khazal won all his matches and was joined in the knockouts by Aarav Parihar, who picked up four wins.
Theo Kniep topped Group 7 as expected and won all his matches – though he was extended to the odd scoreline of 21-19, 11-3, 11-5 against Dimitar Dimitrov.
Dimitrov went through as well, but needed five games to beat David Sherwood (11-9, 9-11 11-13, 11-5, 11-6).
The top three seeds all made it through with few alarms – Kacper Piwowar topping Group 1 without losing a game. He was joined in the knockout by Harrison Hill, who four matches – three of them in the fifth game, against Lewis Wu, Zhengxuan Xi, Nishil Shah, coming from 2-1 down to win the last two.
Abraham Sellado dropped a game in his first match in Group 2, against Yacoub Rahmani-Walentynska, but was otherwise flawless. It was Zaid Aldilimi who advanced with him to the knockouts, winning four matches.
In Group 3, Adam Alibhai was slightly more troubled, particularly in his second match, which he won 3-2 (11-13, 13-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-6) against Jake Davidson. Sinan Surnensoy won four matches to go through in second place.
Top seeds Kacper Piwowar & Abraham Sellado retained their title, dropping only one game along the way and defeating second seeds Adam Alibhai & Pablo Ramirez-Rioja in the final.
It was always close, but Piwowar & Sellado won it 11-8, 11-9, 13-11 minutes before going on to play each other in the singles final.
In their semi-final, Alibhai & Ramirez-Rioja had prevailed in a competitive match against Dimitar Dimitrov & Euan Hacking by a 3-1 (12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9) scoreline.
Piwowar & Sellado got through their semi-final 3-0 (2, 8, 1) against Nishil Shah & Yacoub Rahmani-Walentynska.
Shah & Rahmani-Walentynska had got to the semi-finals the hard way. First, in the last 16, they beat Charles Donald & Ryan Goodier 3-2 (7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6) and then in the quarter-finals they got past Aarav Parihar & Jia Jun Liu 3-2 (19-17, 11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 11-7).
Also in the quarters, Hacking & Dimitrov needed a decider before finally overcoming Ethan Zeng & Theo Kniep 3-2 (11-9, 16-14, 10-12, 6-11, 11-4).
Piwowar & Sellado won in four against Teagan Khazal & Zaid Aldilimi, losing the first 12-10 but blitzing through the rest for the combined loss of only eight points. Alibhai & Ranirez-Rioja beat Oscar Nikolli & Noah Byrne-Smith in three, though only imposing their authority in the third.
There was a cracker in the preliminary round, where Dimitrov & Hacking escaped by the skin of their teeth against Nathan Lindsay and Jayden Chen. They were 1-0 and 2-1 up by were taking to a decider, which they won 15-13.
In the last 16, there was one five-game match, which saw Shah & Rahmani-Walentynska beat Charles Donald & Ryan Goodier 3-2 (7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6).
Second seeds beat top seeds as Alyssa Nguyen & Evie Knaapen withstood a comeback by Amber Lemmon & Hannah Saunders to become champions.
It was a strange opening three games, in which the eventual winners took a 2-0 lead by scores of 11-2 and 12-10, only for Lemmon & Saunders to hit back with an 11-0 margin in the third.
They retained the momentum by taking the fourth 11-9, but Nguyen & Knaapen got it back in the decider, which they took 11-7.
Lemmon & Saunders had to chisel out a victory in the semi-finals, where they faced match points in the third game against Bly Twomey & Violet-Lily Marquis.
But they recovered from that position to win it 12-10 in the fifth, taking their own second match point. The final score was 3-2 (8-11, 9-11, 16-14, 11-5, 12-10) to the top seeds.
In the other semi-final, Nguyen & Knaapen defeated Eva Yared & Nour Alamine in three (7, 7, 4).
In the quarters, Yared & Alamine had a battle to shake off Catherine Lv & Millie Ufton, eventuall winning 3-1 (9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 16-14).
Lemmon & Saunders also needed four to defeat Niylah Fernandez & Makia Gameda, while it was three straight for Twomey & Marquis against Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska & Assil Sarri and for Nguyen & Knaapen over Daisy Watson & Olivia Morris.
The only match in the last 16 to go past a third game was the one in which Lv & Ufton beat Zoe Gonpot & Maisha Patel 3-1 (12-10, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9).