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Ethan Walsh National Champion For 4th Year !!

10 May 2017 No Comment

Ethan Walsh is the National Champion For 4th Year !!
Ethan Walsh is once again National Champion of the Cadet Singles for 2016/17

Ethan fought through some sticky moments early in the competition to win the title.
The Stevenage Nobel student player, beat Amirul Hussain in the final 4-1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4, 14-12).

In the semi-finals, Walsh had beaten his doubles partner, Joe Cope, 4-2 (11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8), while Hussain needed one set fewer to see off Jamie Liu (11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6).

Back in the quarter-finals, Walsh had to fight hard to shake off Naphong Boonyaprapa 4-3 (12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 16-18, 11-8)

Walsh said: “It’s probably my biggest event of the year. At points I wasn’t playing my best but I had to keep fighting and push through.

“In the final my hard work paid off and I started playing better and was more relaxed.” “I am proud to be National Champion 4 times as I know not many players have achieved this”

Ethan’s record is up their with the best and is starting to make history.

It didn’t end there as Ethan and his partner went on to get to the final of the Cadet boys doubles losing out to Sam Chesterman and Amirul Hussain but picking up another medal (silver) in the Nationals was another great achievement.

This was all played at Medway over the weekend with the Cadets being played on the Saturday and Juniors on the Sunday.

Junior Boys Doubles

Ethan knew Sunday was going to be a tough day as he was to come up against Tom Jarvis and partner Luke Savill very early on (Tom is the number 1 under 18 in England and also picked to represent England in the Olympic Games) – Ethan and James Smith were doubles partners and have represented England playing together in the team and doubles abroad on many occasions and play great together but looking at the draw were not confident having Tom Jarvis and Luke Savill number 1 seeds in the quarters.

It was a good start for Walsh and Smith having started by beating yesterday’s Cadet champions Amirul Hussain & Sam Chesterman in the first round. Smith & Walsh then had the number 1 seeds Jarvis/Savill in the quarter finals. What a performance they put in – recovered from going 2-1 down to Jarvis & Savill, playing with real authority in games four and five as they completed a 3-2 (14-12, 9-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-6) triumph. James went on to say “For me and Ethan, beating Tom Jarvis and Luke Savill is probably one of the best results of our careers. We just tried to stop them from playing and take any chances they gave us.” A big crowd was around the table to watch their win and there was a big roar from players and crowd when they won. Not over yet though.

They then went on to defeat Samuel Kwan & Josh Harland in the semi-finals, in four sets.

Walsh and Smith did not expect to get to the final of this event and came across Matt Leete/Josh Bennet in the final (both doubles pairs represent England in their respective age group) – it was a great final with lots of rallies but Walsh and Smith ended up losing 3-1 and taking silver in this event.
Walsh went on to say “its been a great National Championships for me winning 1 gold and 2 silvers. I have the Spanish Open next week so I will go to that with confidence” Ethan has a busy few months ahead playing Internationally – good luck !!

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