Table tennis: Double blow for Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford at world championships

English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford
English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford
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Liam Pitchford crashed out of the 2013 World Table Tennis Championships on day three in Paris.

The Chesterfield-born player lost his men’s singles clash with the host nation France’s Damien Eloi 4-3 and tasted defeat in the mixed doubles with partner Kelly Sibley.

Pitchford, 19, has a growing reputation for his giant-killing performances but was unable to conjure up the magic to find a way past Eloi, who is ranked 91 in the world.

The Frenchman raced into a 2-0 lead before Pitchford pulled it back to 3-3 but, despite having the momentum, the Englishman saw victory slip through his fingers in the deciding leg (11-7, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 2-11, 5-11, 11-9).

In a disappointing day for the English contingent, Pitchford and Sibley lost in the mixed doubles at the hands of Romanian duo Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs despite the English pair establishing an early 2-0 lead.

Ionescu and Szocs eventually running out 4-2 winners (3-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).

Earlier in the week, Pitchford and Worksop’s Sam Walker were beaten in the second preliminary round of the men’s doubles to Czech Republic’s Tomas Tregler and Pavel Sirucek 3-2 (13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7).