Table tennis ace Pitchford bounces back to form in Montreux

Table-tennis ace Liam Pitchford, of Chesterfield, reached the quarter-finals of the Europe Top 16 event in Montreux, Switzerland.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 3:50 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 3:51 pm
Liam Pitchford in action in Montreux (PHOTO BY: ITTF)

Pitchford was badly in need of a pick-me-up after Great Britain’s failure to qualify for the team competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year.

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Seeded fifth, Pitchford was drawn against Lionel Weber, of Switzerland, in his opening contest and put in a confident show to triumph 4-0 (11-7, 11-8, 14-12, 11-7).

His quarter-final opponent was third seed Timo Boll, of Germany, who was in fine form and strode to a 4-0 victory (11-4, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7). Boll went on to win the event for a record-equalling seventh time. Pitchford’s next major tournament is the Hungarian Open.