Gavin Rumgay was pleased together with his weekend’s work on the inaugural World Ping Pong Masters on the Ricoh Enviornment in Coventry.
The 35-year-old from Stratford, seeded 5 in Matchroom Sport chief Barry Hearn’s newest ping pong enterprise, overcame Bournemouth-based Matt Ware and Germany’s Genia Milchin earlier than working out of steam within the semi-final in a unbelievable five-set encounter to four-time world champion and high seed Andrew Baggaley. It was a run that earnt “The Rumdog” £four,570.
There was a second after he took the deciding level within the third set that the 14-time Scottish table tennis champion sensed the potential for defeating Baggaley however sadly it was to not be. He misplaced the ultimate two units 15-6 and 15-7.
Perth-born Rumgay mentioned: “He (Baggaley) had a bit of run of nets which affected me and he modified his sport. He began to play a bit of bit nearer to the table. His photographs was penetrating greater than they have been within the first two units.
“My response was like tennis. If somebody was behind the baseline hitting photographs then out of the blue they have been in proper on the baseline – that is the way it felt. Immediately my response time was far much less that what it was earlier than.
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“I confirmed all through the event what number of occasions I’ve these shut matches, it is unimaginable actually. Once more I gained that large level to win 15-14 within the third. At that time issues we’re wanting good.”
Germany’s quantity two seed Alexander Flemming lastly broke Baggaley’s four-year unbeaten run in Sunday’s remaining in a reasonably resounding three-set victory to assert the £18,300 high prize. However Rumgay nonetheless believes the world primary ranked ping pong participant and former English table tennis champion is a troublesome cookie to crack.
“Andrew’s studying and assessing what is going on on,” Rumgay continues. “Should you’re outplaying him he is considering why are you outplaying him. He is altering his serves round till ultimately one thing begins to work in his favour.
“By the top of our match he began to hit the ball very, very deep. At first It was a bit of half court docket, a bit like tennis. I used to be capable of step in and hit a clear winner. On the finish he was hitting proper on the white line proper on the again time and time once more.”
Because of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic the occasion was performed behind closed doorways within the West Midlands in an safe bubble atmosphere.