Table Tennis: Stevenage’s Ethan Walsh is a rising star

PUBLISHED: 14:43 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 18 September 2017

Ethan Walsh is a rising star

Ethan Walsh is a rising star

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Stevenage’s Ethan Walsh says he will take a lot of confidence from competing against Europe’s best young players at the Europe Youth Top 10.

The Stevenage youngster was awarded a host nation place as Table Tennis England staged the tournament in Worcester.

The tournament sees the top players in the European rankings compete against each other on a round-robin basis and Walsh, who is just outside the top 40, was ranked well below the other players in the field.

Although he was unable to win any of his nine matches, he competed well in the Cadet Boys’ section and took two sets off both eventual champion Samuel Kulczycki of Poland and the bronze medallist Dorian Zheng of France.

The Nobel School pupil also had a great game against Martin Friis of Sweden, actually scoring more points than his opponent despite a 4-2 (8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9) defeat.

The 15-year-old said: “I think it went well considering I wasn’t expected to get close to any of them, having the chance to maybe beat some of them was really good.

“I felt in some of the matches I had quite a lot of opportunities, so going to the next tournaments, I will know I’m not far off where I need to be and that gives me a lot more confidence.

“Against Martin Friis I was 2-0 up and had a chance to go 3-1 up and every set I lost went to deuce. I scored more points than him, so that was the one I could have got the win.”

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