In an exciting match Sweden's former world champion Stellan Bengtsson won the men's singles title for the third time in the English open International Table Tennis Championships in Brighton on Saturday (10 January).
SV & GV Stellan Bengtsson receiving from Anton Stipacic--point to Bengtsson (3 shots)
SV & GV Bengtsson serving and winning point (20-16)
GV Bengtsson serving for game and match, players shake hands and leave court (4 shots)
GV Hellman (Sweden) serving to Hammersley (UK) point to Swede (losing 13-19) (2 shots)
GV Hellman serving to Hammersley - point to hammersley (13-30) (2 shots)
GV Hellman serving and losing match point to Hammersley (4 shots)
Table tennis ... and in an exciting final to the English International Table Tennis Championships in Brighton on Saturday Sweden's Stellan Bengtsson won the title for the third time. There was a surprise in the women's competition when Britain's Jill Hammersley overwhelmed the European number one Ann Christin Hellman of Sweden -- but first Bengtsson versus Stipanicic....
COMMENTATOR: "Stipancic put a lot of spin on that serve ... (nineteen - sixteen to Bengtsson). Stellan Bengtsson of Sweden the former world champion to serve then leading nineteen points to sixteen (twenty-sixteen) one point from the title Bengtsson has won it twice before in seventy-two and seventy-three ... that's it ... and he wins it again Stellan Bengtsson of Sweden former world and European champion currently ranked sixth in Europe, seventh in the world, wins the men's singles final here in the English Open table tennis championships.
"That one goes begins but it's still only two points that separate Jill Hammersley from the title .... and that was one of them. She's done it with what must surely rank as one of her best displays of table tennis. Jill Hammersley there with the curly hair delighted and the audience are delighted too."
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Background: In an exciting match Sweden's former world champion Stellan Bengtsson won the men's singles title for the third time in the English open International Table Tennis Championships in Brighton on Saturday (10 January).
Bengtsson, now ranked seventh in the world, defeated the current world number two Anton Stipancic of Yugoslavia 14-21, 21-19, 21-13, 13-21, 21-16 despite trailing 11-9 in the final game.
23-year-old Bengtsson who won the world title when he was 19, lost the first six points of the game but gradually fought his way back against Stipancic who was runner up for the world crown in Calcutta, India last year.
There was a surprise in the women's singles when 24-year-old Jill Hammersley of Britain defeated European number one Ann Christin Hellman of Sweden 21-3, 21-10, 21-13.
Hammersley ranked ninth in the European list, ended a nine year run of overseas domination by overwhelming the 20-year-old Swede.