Career-best performance by table tennis ace Liam Pitchford

Chesterfield ace Liam Pitchford beat table tennis's former world number one on his way to a career-best performance on the World Tour.

Monday, 27th August 2018, 3:48 pm
Updated Monday, 27th August 2018, 4:51 pm
Liam Pitchford in action at the Czech Open. (PHOTO BY: International Table Tennis Federation).
Liam Pitchford in action at the Czech Open. (PHOTO BY: International Table Tennis Federation).

Fresh from defeating world and Olympic champion Ma Long at the previous event in Bulgaria, Pitchford reached his first World Tour semi-finals, at the Czech Open. Among his scalps was the top seed, Dimitriz Ovtcharov, of Germany, whom he beat 4-1 (13-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6).

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The 25-year-old lost 4-1 in the last four to China’s Zheng Paifeng, who went on to win the tournament.