Club Championships Day 3 - 23 May 2019
Paul Baker & Shae Thakker
Shae retains his title
Despite having not practised during the run-up to his GCSE exams, 15 years-old Shae Thakker retained his Open Singles title at the Club Championships on Thursday. The GB para international strolled through the preliminary round group against Keith Hall, Zsolt Varga and Steve Piercey but was made to work much harder in his semi-final against Ludo Montiel and in the final against seasoned veteran Paul Baker, despite not actually dropping a game throughout. This was Shae's third success in the competition having also won it in 2015.
The sixteen participants were initially drawn into four groups of four. Veterans' Singles champion from two weeks earlier, Ludo Montiel, won Group B holding off challenges from Igor Liiko, Graham Trimming and Bhopinder Toor while the Tweenies' Singles champion Ashley Shaw was equally successful in Group D against Razvan Bucur, Krushan Kri and Alex Zubrenkov. Paul Baker was the other group winner against Michal Garski, Milton Makris and Anna Piercey.
Paul then beat Ashley 11-7 in the fifth game to secure his spot in the final where Shae ran out the winner 12,10, 11-9, 11-7.
The Championships conclude with the Junior Singles on Monday 10th June - please note the change of date from Bank Holiday Monday.