Quality Table Tennis At Skw Open

Saturday’s SKW Table Tennis Open lived up to expectations, attracting a large number of participants which underlined the continued growth of the sport code in Namibia.

In total, 60 players battled it out in their respective divisions on eight tables to accommodate all matches.

“On Saturday, table tennis was the winner”, a joyful Heiko Fleidl, secretary of the Namibian Table Tennis Association (NTTA) said.

PW Steenkamp emerged victorious in the under-18 boys division. The talented youngster from Stampriet, who gained his first international experience at the African Youth Games in Gaborone earlier this year, faced Dietrich Moumlwes (SKW TT Club) in the final after conquering his way through the knock-out phase.

Moumlwes himself played some fine table tennis and it looked like he would use home turf to his aantage to go all the way.

However, Steenkamp had other ideas as he edged out his rival 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-7). Steenkamp dispatched Ronaldo Vogel and Dietrich dispatched DHPS’s rising star Raimo Dengeinge in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Beukes continued her good run this year as she clinched the first place in the u18 girl’s category.

After going down to her arch rival Reese Saunderson in an epic final at the Swakop Open last month, Beukes finally got her revenge as she triumphed in three straight sets (12-10, 11-9, 11-8) over Saunderson in another enthralling final that had spectators on the edges of their seats.

Beukes and Saunderson’s dominance in the girls singles division is however being challenged by Anja Steenkamp and Jesse Joseph who are steadily closing the gap on the top two.

Despite losing to Beukes and Saunderson, both Joseph and Steenkamp won sets against the top two seeds during the play-offs and semi-finals.

Beukes got herself another title when she won the u18 mixed double division alongside Kean Tait, who clinched his first ever u18 title.

Second place went to the duo of Dietrich Moumlwes and Reese Saunderson.

In the Senior Open Division, Chinese native and second seed Charles Cui Yunke from the Police TT Club proved unplayable on the day.

After a five-set thriller against Fleidl (SKW TT Club, No. 1 seed) in the semi-final, the current Namibian Open champ faced Reinolt Schurz (SKW TT Club, unseeded), who had beaten seasoned veteran Rudi Saunderson and Bjoumlrn Wasielke in the quarter and semi-final respectively to book himself a place in the final.

As the game progressed, Yunke quickly made his intentions of winning another title clear. Schurz couldn’t keep up the pace and eventually lost in three straight sets (11-7, 11-7, 11-5).

Schurz did, however, record a top position when he and his partner Fleidl won the Senior Double Division. In the final showdown of the nearly 11 hour long tournament, Schurz and Fleidl were however made to work extremely hard, but the SKW TT Club pairing managed to keep their cool against an almost equally g pair of Wayne Green and Theo Beukes. The game ended 3-1 (12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7) in their favour.

Source : The Namibian

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