Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Clean Sweep

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Clean Sweep

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Byline: Table Tennis

A remarkable performance by Karina Lefevre earned the Teesside 12-year-old all four women's titles at the Cleveland Table Tennis Championships.

It's yet another superb achievement by Karina, who is the region's best female table tennis prospect since Carole Knight emerged 30 years ago.

In the main event, the women's singles, Karina defeated Jennifer Lowther 3-1 in the final match after beating her sister, Katherine, 13, and Chloe Whyte to reach the final.

The juniors' was a repeat of the women's singles, as Karina again defeated Jennifer Lowther by 3-1.

The final of the cadet event was between Karina and her sister Katherine, after Katherine had defeated Jennifer Lowther.

The battle between the two sisters was the closest of the day with Karina edging home at 11-9 in the deciding fifth game. Karina won the mini cadet final with a straight games win over the talented 11-year-old Chloe Whyte by 3-0.

To win all four titles, Karina was unbeaten in the women's events throughout the day, winning a remarkable 13 consecutive matches, the majority against players who are of a similar standard.

The men's singles was won by Polish international, Patryk Matusseweski, who beat Darren McVitie, Hartlepool's leading player, 3-1 and Kader's Karl Shaw in the semi-final 3-0.

Patryk joined Ormesby last summer and has been playing and coaching regularly at the club ever since.

He took full advantage of the absence of several of the leading Ormesby seniors, most of whom were competing in the Sussex Butterfly Grand Prix tournament, in Brighton.

In the final his powerful service and attack proved too strong for his experienced opponent from Hartlepool.

The junior boys' singles was won by Ormesby's Andrew Dawson who beat Martin Rutter over four games in the semi-final and Robert Besford, also 3-1, in the final.

Besford came into his own to win two titles, the cadet boys' singles where he beat his cousin Marc Besford 3-0 in the final, and Ormesby's Adam Smith 8, 10, 8 in the semi final.

Besford's second title was the banded singles in which he won a close final, 11-9 in the deciding game against the women's champion, Karina Lefevre. …

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