There is a leveling of the field in Table Tennis- Abrefa

Newly crowned D.G. Hathiramani Table Tennis champion Derek Abrefa has insisted that there is a leveling of the field among the nation’s top ping-pong players after coming through a grueling session to retain his title last Saturday.

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Unlike in 2013 where he dispatched off Emmanuel Commey 3:0 to seal victory in the final game, Abrefa had to wait until the last set to clinch victory over compatriot Felix Lartey 3:2.

Abrefa won the first two sets before Lartey came back strongly to level 2:2, leading to a tense finale which was ultimately won by the defending champion.

In an exclusive interview with www.liquidsportsghana.com, Derek Abrefa acknowledged the competition was much keener compared to the previous year.

“The level of all the players has changed. At first there were some things you could easily point to and say I will get this player on this or that but all the players have improved,” he said.

“The standards have changed and this time around the competition was very tough.”

Asked what might have led to the rise in standards, Abrefa said increased competition this year is a key factor.

“There was more competition this year because of the training to tour we had before the Commonwealth Games.

“The year has gone well for us because this year, we have had series of competitions like the African Top 16 in Lagos, Pro Tour Championship in Lagos, and the Commonwealth Games. The exposure was ok. For me this year, we have had a competitive year with the Chief Coach,” he summed up.

 

Meanwhile, youngster Eva Adom Amankwah beat Cynthia Kwabi 3:1 to win the ladies category of the D.G. Hathiramani Table Tennis Championships at the same venue.

The annual competition, played among national players in honour of the late Indian-born Ghanaian table tennis enthusiast, D.G. Hathiramani, witnessed over 50 table tennis players across the nation vying for honours.

There were cash prizes, trophies, medals and other honours in the juniors, seniors and oldies categories at stake during the one-day event.

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