Germany’s Alexander ‘The Flash’ Flemming lifts World Ping Pong Masters, admitting: “It was very constant, probably essentially the most constant match I’ve had” whereas four-time world champion Andrew Baggaley felt it wasn’t meant to be
Final Up to date: 25/01/21 Eight:28am
Alexander ‘The Flash’ Flemming lifted the inaugural World Ping Pong Masters, beating four-time world champion Andrew Baggaley in an excellent straight-sets victory at Ricoh Enviornment, Coventry.
The German has 3 times been a World Championship runner-up and eventually landed a significant worldwide title within the UK together with his victory over Baggaley, who denied him in final yr’s World Championship last.
Flemming took the primary two units of the trophy match 12-15, 10-15 earlier than an in depth begin to the third, however from 7-6 down the German continued to pressure Baggaley again and opened up a 12-7 lead earlier than finally successful the set, and with it the match, 15-9.
“Firstly, it’s pure happiness to beat such a fantastic participant,” mentioned Flemming. “It was probably my best-ever match. The rallies weren’t that nice like within the World Championship final yr. We all know one another so effectively so it was somewhat bit extra tactical.
“I attempted to vary the rhythm somewhat bit, he tried to vary it on the finish too. It was very constant, probably essentially the most constant match I’ve had.
“I attempted to present him strain on the backhand so he did not have an excessive amount of time to hurry as much as me and if there was an opportunity, crunching the ball with the forehand.
“It feels sensible to win. I could not watch the final World Championship last critically till final week as a result of it was actually horrible afterwards, to be so shut after which be stopped by the legend of ping pong.”
Baggaley mentioned: “It simply wasn’t meant to be for me at present. I did the best I might however my backhand broke down. Full credit score to Alex to win the ultimate, he performed nice and was stable right through the event. Congratulations to him, he is a good champion.
“Within the earlier rounds, successful so simply, I did not actually get match hardened, however nonetheless I received to the ultimate, however it wasn’t meant to be.”
Andrew Baggaley Three-2 Gavin Rumgay
10-15, 15-11, 14-15, 15-6, 15-7
Chris Doran 2-Three Alexander Flemming
15-Eight, 15-11, Eight-15, 10-15, 6-15
Andrew Baggaley Zero-Three Alexander Flemming
12-15, 10-15, 9-15
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