24 May Fusion’s Women Make their Mark at Nottingham Grand Prix
Another tough competition which attracted some of the country’s best players and talent from all over. Fusion’s contingent rose to the challenge pulling off some excellent results.
The Nottingham Grand Prix proved a standout event for Fusion’s Elena Todorica, who won her band and whose awkward style served her well all the way to the final. The ex-Moldovan international had a tough opponent in the semi-final in Yolanda King but edged her out in the fifth in what was a very tight match. In the finals, she was overcome by a strong Evie Collier who praised Elena’s play: ‘The toughest game was definitely the final. [S]he played in a different style which meant that I had to concentrate harder in order to win.”
And there was more success for Fusion’s women. Earlier in the tournament Swetha Katri took down Lara Whitton to win the finals of Band 4 in a close 5 setter.
Fusion’s men couldn’t match the impressive results of the women but the squad, mainly comprised of juniors, made up for it in strength of spirit and determination.
Joshua bruce made it to the quarter finals in band 3, collecting some impressing wins over the weekend against Connor Whitehead, Fraiser Riley and Jacob Goss. While Darius Xavier made it to the semi-finals in band six, raising the level of his table tennis once again. Joshua Dye caused a notable upset against England’s 18th seed, Adam Harrison.
As always, everyone buoyed each other on and continued to show why the team mentality and the community we are developing plays such an important role in our success on the table.