Ethan Walsh is the under-23 Ping Pong World Cup champion after a improbable occasion in Mexico Metropolis – the place he additionally beat the world No 1.
Walsh (pictured above) had been trying ahead to the event since qualifying final yr, and he began off within the under-23s.
It took him some time to heat up and he misplaced the primary match in his group towards Bjarke Krong from Denmark, however he went on to win all his different group matches, ending second on countback.
The quarter-final was towards Ying Yuyue from China and noticed Walsh win 2-0 to advance to the semi-final. There was no stopping him as he then very comfortably beat Mattheiu Gonnin from France 15-6, 15-7 and gave the impression to be centered totally on profitable the title.
He confronted Daniel Vitasek from Czech Republic within the last and with each gamers having robust assaults it appeared as if it could be an incredible match. Vitasek started to combine defence with assault, however Walsh had the higher hand as he received 15-12, 15-11 to develop into the U23 champion.
The Stevenage participant went into the primary sandpaper bat occasion as No 15 seed. He was in group 15 and his excessive normal of play continued and he managed to win every match comfortably, profitable the group with out dropping a set.
He received his first-round match comfortably after which received previous Jan Hermann from Germany within the final 16 to arrange a quarter-final towards world No 1 Alexander Flemming (generally known as The Flash). The reigning champion had watched Walsh’s earlier match and knew he confronted a troublesome match.
The primary leg went all the best way and with some superb rallies and attacking play, it was a really shut recreation. Walsh went 12-13 down and along with his flip to serve selected to make use of his double level, holding his nerve to go 14-13 up. Flemming received the subsequent level to make it 14-14 which meant “sudden dying”. With Flemming serving he had the benefit however Walsh knew profitable the primary set could be so essential and along with his aggressive attacking recreation received the purpose to go in entrance.
With the momentum rising, Walsh extremely went 13-0 up within the second and there was not a lot Flemming may do to cease him as he simply didn’t miss. Walsh received 15-4 and took the match to take him into the semi-final towards Paul McCreery.
He needed to go straight on after profitable the U23 last and simply was not flowing in addition to he had been all day and sadly his run got here to an finish.
Walsh mentioned: ”It’s been an incredible event for me, I’m so completely satisfied to be the U23 champion however beating Alexander Flemming, the #1 on the planet, is my spotlight and needs to be up there as among the finest wins of my profession. It provides me confidence for the future that I can win these occasions.”
Walsh’s older brother Luke additionally competed with success within the comfort occasion by getting via to the semi-finals.
He mentioned: “It was a tremendous occasion to be a part of and I can’t look ahead to the subsequent one.”
The competitors featured hardbat, sandpaper and ‘alternative of bat’ classes. Of the opposite English rivals, Andrew Baggaley competed in all three, reaching the sandpaper quarter-finals, hardbat semi-finals and selection last. Dave Tiplady received the over-55 hardbat class, whereas Ian Johnston was additionally competing.