Hannah Saunders added under-11 gold to the under-13 title she won yesterday, and club-mate Zihan Lin lifted the boys’ trophy on day two of the Mark Bates Ltd U11 & U13 National Championships.

Saunders (pictured above) saved six match points in her quarter-final against Inayah Zasella and staved off a fightback by her Archway Peterborough club-mate Amber Lemmon in the final to seal the title.

In the boys’ event, Lin made it a double for Archway when he defeated Sinan Surensoy in three.

See the full results from WV Active Wolverhampton on the event homepage.

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Girls’ Singles

Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders took her second singles title of the weekend as she quelled a comeback by Amber Lemmon in the final.

Saunders saw a 2-0 lead disappear as Lemmon fought back, but the top seed found her form again in the decider to complete a 3-2 (11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 11-4) victory over the second seed.

The bronze medallists were Violet-Lily Marquis, who was beaten 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-5) by Saunders, and Assil Sarri, who fell 3-1 (11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8) against Lemmon.

Saunders saved a stack of match points against fourth seed Inayah Zasella back in the quarter-finals, finally triumphing 3-2 (10-12, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3, 13-11) from 10-4 down in the fifth, with both girls getting great backing from the spectators.

Marquis beat Sophie Howe in three (2, 5, 2) to set up her semi-final against Saunders.

In the bottom half, Lemmon saw off under-13 bronze medallist Maisha Patel in three (5, 7, 5), while Sarri defeated Cindy Xiao 3-1 (11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10).

The girls’ podium
Group stage

Assil Sarri beat fourth seed Inayah Zasella to top Group 4. The two met in the final match of the group and Sarri came out on top 3-1 (6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9).

Zasella still qualified for the quarter-finals as she won her other three matches 3-0, while there was a cracking match between Ruby Gandi Bamidele and Isabelle Bradly, which was won 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8) by the former.

Assil Sarri

Top seed Hannah Saunders did not drop a game in winning Group 1, though Serene Rahmani-Walentynska pushed her to 13-11, 11-8, 11-7, and it was also close against under-13 bronze medallist Maisha Patel.

It was Patel who also qualified with a key victory over Rahmani-Walentynska.

Third seed Violet-Lily Marquis also won Group 3 without conceding a game, and she was joined in qualification for the quarter-finals by Cindy Xiao, who won three times.

Group 2 had only four players due to a withdrawal through illness, and second seed Amber Lemmon won her three matches 3-0 to top the group.

Also going through was Sophie Howe, who won her other two matches.

Boys’ Singles

Zihan Lin

Zihan Lin won the title with a victory in three straight over fourth seed Sinan Surensoy (11-8, 11-6, 11-6).

It meant he beat all of the other three top seeds in the knockout stage of the tournament.

The bronze medals went to third seed Dimitar Dimitrov, beaten 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-8) by Lin, and Zaid Aldilimi, who made sure Surensoy was made to work for his 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 15-13) victory.

The top two seeds had met in the quarter-finals as last year’s silver medallist Lewis Wu had to take on his club-mate Lin – Lin had won his group, while Wu finished second.

It was a high-quality match and Lin had the edge, but second seed Wu fought hard before finally losing 3-1 (12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 15-13) – it was Lin’s first match point.

The other quarter-final in the top half of the draw also went to five as third seed Dimitrov had to come from 2-1 down to beat another Archway player, Nathan Lindsay 3-2 (6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9).

In the bottom half, fourth seed Surensoy got past Jayden Chen 3, 2, 8, while the battle between the two unseeded players went the way of Aldilimi , 3-1 (8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9) against Li Hao Chen.

The boys’ podium
Group stage

There was some drama in Group 1, though top seed Zihan Lin did eventually do enough to win it, ahead of Zaid Aldilimi.

The result which opened up the group came when Malek Shamakh defeated Lin in a fantastic match which drew quite a crowd.

Shamakh came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 (6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 13-11) in a match in which both boys had match points.

Malek Shamakh

Shamakh had earlier been involved in three other five-set matches, defeating Arjun Anchan but losing to both Aldilimi and Ben Willis.

It meant Lin was still in control as a win over the unbeaten Aldilimi in the final match would see him win the group by virtue of a superior head-to-head record. And that is what happened as Lin won 3-0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-9).

There was another good match among the non-qualifiers as Anchan beat Vivaan Karalkar 3-2 (8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8) from 2-0 down.

Second seed Lewis Wu qualified from Group 2, but not in top spot as he was beaten in his second match by Li Hao Chen, his club-mate from Archway Peterborough.

The scoreline was 3-2 (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6) and Chen went on to top the group with a perfect record of five wins.

Wu sealed second place by winning all his other matches, the key one a 3-0 (8, 9, 4) victory over Thomas Ellis in his final match.

Dimitar Dimitrov won Group 3, as expected, thanks to five 3-0 scorelines. His fellow qualifier was Jayden Chen, who picked up four wins after losing his opening match to Dimitrov.

Group 4 was similar as the top-ranked player Sinan Surensoy took top spot with five wins, all by 3-0 margins. Nathan Lindsay was the other player to qualify, courtesy of four 3-0 victories – Surnsoy beat him in their final match to confirm top place.