Butterfly Schools Individual Finals: New National Champions Crowned

A thrilling day of table tennis action unfolded at the Butterfly Schools Individual Finals, where eight new national champions were crowned. The event, held at the bustling WV Active Wolverhampton venue, saw over 750 matches played out as boys and girls battled it out across four age groups.

Amber Lemmon, the top seed, lived up to her billing and clinched the under-15 girls’ title with a comfortable 3-0 victory over second seed Serene Rahmani-Walentynska. Both semi-final matches were also concluded in straight sets, with Lemmon and Rahmani-Walentynska progressing past their respective opponents.

In the under-11 boys’ event, it was a thrilling five-game final between top seed Zaid Aldilimi and second-seeded Li Hao Chen. Aldilimi, from London Central, prevailed 3-2 after facing a match point in the fourth game. The bronze medals were claimed by Jayden Chen and Thomas Nguyen.

The under-13 girls’ title was won by third seed Violet Lily Marquis, who kept her composure to defeat sixth seed Gianna Pang 3-0 in the final. Pang had earlier caused an upset by beating top seed Alyssa Nguyen in the semi-finals.

The under-13 boys’ final saw top seed Kai Lun Chow from Cambridgeshire defeat second seed Pablo Ramirez-Rioja of Hertfordshire 3-1, despite a nasty slip in the opening game. Ryan Goodier and Teagan Khazal rounded out the podium.

Third seed Ella Pashley claimed her maiden national title in the under-16 girls’ event, securing a 3-0 victory over first seed Victoria Pang in the final. Lincolnshire’s Pashley had earlier overcome a comeback attempt by Jonabel Taguibao in the quarter-finals.

In the under-16 boys’ final, Isaac Kingham, the top seed, triumphed 3-1 over second seed Max Radiven. Both semi-finals were completed in three games, with Kingham and Radiven emerging victorious.

The under-19 girls’ title went to Hannah Sillcock, who came from 2-0 down to defeat second seed Anna Green in a thrilling five-game final. The bronze medals were awarded to Mabel Shute and Zarita Lo.

The under-19 boys’ final saw third seed Alex Liu from West Yorkshire clinch the title with a 3-1 victory over top seed Adam Dennison of Lincolnshire. Liu had faced a close call in the last 16, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Shahuraj Nimse.

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